Kathy Triolo  

Rain of Terror by Kathy Triolo

May 2020 - Rain of Terror

May 2020 - Kathy Triolo

Original 1

May 2020 - Kathy Triolo

Original 2

May 2020 - Kathy Triolo

Original 3

About the Image(s)

Covid 19 has been on my mind constantly these days and I'm sure I'm not alone. My recent art has reflected this overwhelm with thoughts and feelings about our surreal life these days.
My photo "Rain of Terror" illustrates my fantasy of angel of doom raining terror on the Earth. (I'm usually not so morbid)
All photos are originals. I tend to do a lot of texture blending and adding graphics to my composites.
The original model was taken during a camera club workshop. The second photo is one I took in Toronto from the CN Tower. The last original was taken last week at a local ecological reserve not far from my home.
Compositing was done in Photoshop with layers. I exported to Topaz Labs 2 for some textures and looks then brought back for finishing touches in PS

11 comments posted

Aavo Koort   Aavo Koort
I usually look at the images before I read why and how they were done. Because of the friendly colors I assumed it is the angel to save us from Covid19. I liked it.

To scare the viewer there should be darker colors. Anyway it is a well done. imaginative concept
  Posted: 05/07/2020 16:27:07
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thank you Aavo!
I'll play around with dark colors in this one and see how it turns out.
It seems I've been working in pastels lately, no matter the subject. Just a comforting color palette to me right now.
  Posted: 05/10/2020 13:09:39

Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
I really like the contrast of the soft pastels with the harsh colors of the body of the deadly angel.
Very nice use of blend modes to get the city detail within the angel. Could you share your steps on that? I think it's really effective, and it's always so interesting to learn from such an artistic image.

Great choice of model - her expressing intimidates me. Her connection to the viewer is so strong that it does create a bit of a disconnect for me between her and the city. Perhaps if she was behind the city rather than beside it, or if more of the city showed on her left side I would feel more of that connection.

This is a wonderful introduction to your work, Kathy, and I look forward to seeing many more of your creative images.
  Posted: 05/08/2020 15:03:01
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thank you Peggy!
I'll go back and try to figure out what I did. I seem to "get in the moment" when I work and never pay attention to my steps... I need to start taking notes.
I love this model so you'll see a few more of her in different composites before I'm done with her.
When I play with this again, I'll try everyones suggestions and see what "sticks".. Thanks!
  Posted: 05/10/2020 13:12:12
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Peggy, If you look at my reply to Alan, I went back and looked at my PSD file for this. Hopefully, my explanation will help you understand what I did.   Posted: 05/12/2020 22:03:11

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Kathy, So happy we get to interact in more than one site. This is a wonderful image. I like how you've gently blended an image of the coronavirus into the background. it is subtle enough that it isn't a distraction but adds a time signature to your piece. Your use of color, blending, perspective and proportion all sell this image and create a visual treat. Welcome to group 54.   Posted: 05/10/2020 13:05:41
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thanks so much Brad for the welcome and the nice words!

I too, enjoy watching your work progress from month to month. That's why I love these groups and the opportunity to challenge myself to do .."just a bit more".
  Posted: 05/10/2020 13:14:39

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
Kathy, Even though it's only May 11, most of the positive observations have already been offered. I agree that this image uses blend modes well, is intimidating, and uses color, perspective, and proportion to create a visual treat. I'm afraid I've plagiarized Peggy and Brad, but they seem to have summed it up very well. I know the steps that imbedded the background inside the model. I have used the process before. I'll scan the steps and email them to you and Peggy. I, too, look forward to seeing more of your work.   Posted: 05/12/2020 21:42:47
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Alan, Your group 54 is definitely fast in viewing and replying! What a nice thing!
Thanks for your thoughtfulness in sharing the steps of inbedding the background. I looked back at my PSD file and I layered a background (photo of a rock with Lichen) over the model with a "lighten" blend mode. That enable the background to be seen ONLY in the models body.I then added the tree background in "difference" blend mode which amped up the colors. All together, 16 layers. I know some will groan but I love this work!   Posted: 05/12/2020 22:01:03

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
Your method definitely works! However, the method I found in a Photoshop magazine is 3 steps and 2 layers. It's not as blended as your method (which I will try with fewer layers), but you might like the look. Welcome to Group 54.   Posted: 05/13/2020 08:51:12
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Please share. There are a zillion different ways to achieve an effect in Photoshop... I will try new techniques anytime. Thanks!   Posted: 05/13/2020 10:56:37


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