Once it starts raining in Oregon, all of my photography moves indoors. That means that, for my larger dolls who are too big for set-building, I use a lot of stock photos as backdrops. You can see some of them in the first Betwixt episode.
All of which is a nice, easy way to create a shot, but it’s an odd mix of my creative process and someone else’s work.
So, for my second Betwixt episode, I’ve been trying something different – using stock photos, but altering them in Photoshop with a mixture of brushes, filters, and textures. That gives me a background that’s really mine, and not just something I grabbed off the web.
Here’s a sample of the transformations:
Here’s an original stock photo:
and here’s its altered form:
In this case, I left the leaf alone, used a textured brush to alter the water, and then applied a filter over the texture.
and the altered form:
In this case, I just used the photo like a coloring book and painted over everything.
I think this works particularly well for the dreamy segments, like this second Betwixt episode where they find themselves miniaturized and sent on a quest in the world where Ester has sent them.
I haven’t figured out how I’m going to deal with the dolls in these pictures. I might leave them in photographic form, or I might alter them as well.
In any case, that’s my project for this week but, before I publish the Betwixt episode we’ll catch up with Camellia on her ocean journey.