Jan Handman  

New World by Jan Handman

September 2020 - New World

September 2020 - Jan Handman

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September 2020 - Jan Handman

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About the Image(s)

This month's image was such a struggle! My aim was to depict where we ended up (from last month’s image) in our new COVID free home. I couldn't decide between an Eden-like new world and a sci-fi scene. I tried SO many different concepts and I didn't like any of them. My husband observed my frustration over a couple of weeks and, being a sci-fi fan to the max, he tried to steer me in that direction. Being at my wits end, I let him call the shots on what he thought looked good from his observation post. The chess board, door, and our hitchhiking mom and son from last month were the starting point. I used the warp tool to distort the board and door. I used side-to-side motion blur on the background, and motion blur with liquefy on the sky. At this point I flattened the image and opened it on my ipad so I could use the "Alien Sky" app to add the planets and stars. Then back into PS where I added the futuristic looking buildings. Next I used Poster Edges and Oil Paint filters to give everything a consistent look. Lastly, into On1 for Dynamic Contrast, Glow, Tone Enhancer, and Warm Concrete texture at 74%. I still don’t like it because it’s too sci-fi for my taste, but I told my husband I’d submit it and we'd see what all of you think. I hope I recover from my lapse in creativity soon enough to come up with something for next month!

13 comments posted

Lori Lankford   Lori Lankford
Hi Jan, nice to meet you virtually :) I am not a sci-fan either, but appreciate all the work you did to create this image. I could see this as a cover for a book or sci-fi comic book. I like the perspective you took with the chessboard and the door, it draws you into the scene. I am not familiar with On1 - will have to check that out for editing.   Posted: 09/01/2020 12:23:38
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Hi Lori -- welcome to Group 34! So glad you're joining us! And thanks for your comments. On1 is one of my favorite editing programs; lots of great filters and presets that are easy to tweak so you get just the look you want. I pretty much only use PS and On1 (and sometimes apps I have on my ipad as I did for this image), but Steve and other group members use many other programs. Again, welcome! :-)   Posted: 09/02/2020 11:00:33

Denise Perentin   Denise Perentin
Jan, your imagination and combining of elements never ceases to amaze me. The only thing I may have done differently is mask out the background layer from on top of the door. This is only a personal preference. You have all put me to shame this month, well done.   Posted: 09/02/2020 21:26:09
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks for your kind words Denise. I appreciate your input regarding the door. I actually used a blend mode (maybe Overlay? can't remember) that caused the background to partially show through in an attempt to bridge the spaces of the foreground and background so they wouldn't appear to be two different images.   Posted: 09/05/2020 18:22:26

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
It's good to know where we're going - although I'm not sure I want to be there! Maybe Stephen King would appreciate it!
Anyway, you've produced an image which is well composed and well worked and quite a bit different from your usual genre. Well done. I'll go along with Denise - you've put me to shame! I'll have to buck up next month!
Thanks for another fine image.   Posted: 09/04/2020 17:20:24
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Steve, you're very generous with your praise. I'm feeling like I totally stumbled and bumbled my way through this image. Not my usual genre, for sure! :-0   Posted: 09/05/2020 18:30:49
Steve Estill   Steve Estill
I think I stumble and bumble my way through most things lately - welcome to the club!!   Posted: 09/05/2020 18:33:26
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
LOL -- love it!   Posted: 09/05/2020 18:39:54

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
I once dated a woman whose uncle was the artistic director of the local (if you can call New York City local) PBS station. He knew I was an Art History minor in college so the talk turned to art, creativity, and what his job entailed. He told me the more tools you have at your disposal, the more creative you can be. You use the Poster Edge and Oil Paint filters a lot and have clearly mastered them, but your use of other tool/filters at your disposal is masterful. This is an exciting culmination of all of your stumbling and bumbling, which when I stumble and bumble, I refer to as my creative juices at work.   Posted: 09/06/2020 08:56:34
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Alan. Very kind. Not my favorite image by a long shot but you made me feel a little better about the struggle I went through to get there.   Posted: 09/08/2020 15:34:56

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Jan, for someone that doesn't like science fiction, you have done a magnificent job. Science fiction doesn't do much for me either, but this is so well put together. The silhouette of the mother and boy leads us right into the image. And we see what is waiting behind the door.   Posted: 09/07/2020 15:46:47

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
This is truly a masterpiece. So well done.   Posted: 09/24/2020 12:16:10
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thank you so very much Beverly! And thanks for taking the time to visit!   Posted: 09/24/2020 12:28:32


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