Lasst week my friend Dierdra Doan... (please check her blog..she is an amazing talent) asked about the piece posted below and how I process in Photoshop. My pieces often begin with me flipping through the 10,000 plus images I have either scanned in or found on line in places like "The Graphics Fairy" - a favorite of mine. Sometimes I have a specific goal.. but very often I am just looking for a challange. what elements or pieces can I pull out of my collection and turn them into a collage...??
I found the iris image in my collection, and chose a collage size of 5 x 7 inches at 300 dpi. This is a size I often use, it makes a nice card size or re-size for a larger print. Then I looked for other images I thought might go well with it and here is a pallet of pieces I used.
Now I added the two ladies with their bouquets and positioned one at the bottom of the collage and one on the flower. Once the lady was on the iris, I could then move the cutout petals over her, to make it appear she is standing inside the flower.
Ok.. I like where the ladies are situated, but I want to tell a story with this collage, and now I think that story will be about the arrival of spring. I want to keep it simple, but add a few more elements for interest. Giving each of the ladies wings appeals to me for this piece. So, I add the wings and change the "blend mode" on them so their color is more in "keeping" with the feel of the collage..
So, now the image has begun to flow, but it needs a little something more to complete it, so I pulled in the white tulip image and placed in the far lower right corner and added a butterfly...