Cindy Gosselin  

In the Dead of Night by Cindy Gosselin

November 2020 - In the Dead of Night

November 2020 - Cindy Gosselin

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November 2020 - Cindy Gosselin

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November 2020 - Cindy Gosselin

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About the Image(s)

OK… so maybe I should have used this for October’s submission! And, full disclosure, I did post this to DDG Group 20 (Creative) in October 2019. It is a creative image, but every part was also hand painted in PS with the Mixer Brush. I loved this foggy, nighttime cemetery and it was the initial inspiration for this composite painting. Every aspect of this composite came from my files of images; each piece was extracted from its original setting. Once I started adding objects, it was hard to know when to stop! As needed, composite pieces were rotated, had color changes to match the nighttime mood, etc. I then added appropriate drop shadows. And lastly, the entire image was hand painted in Photoshop using the mixer brush; where I chose to keep the brush strokes very realistic, rather than using a more painterly approach. I loved every minute it took to create this image.

6 comments posted

Gerhard Geldenhuys   Gerhard Geldenhuys
You have every reason to be proud of your achievement. Great work with a lot of thought.   Posted: 11/18/2020 06:18:08

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Wonderful creative image and tells a creepy story which really fits for Halloween. In my visual feed back I burned down the whites in the skull and the tail feathers of the owl to keep the eye in the center. I also took the skull and reduced in size and put it above to keep the eye in the center.   Posted: 11/18/2020 16:20:18
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Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
Thank you Nancy, I agree with your changes. Those details are very important, and I'm glad you noticed them.   Posted: 11/20/2020 07:56:27

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Okay, Cindy, you sure come up with some doozies! While I agree it would have worked well for an October submission, a creative and scarey shot like this is delightful to see anytime at all. This must have taken quite a bit of time to compose. Love those glowing eyes and the way you moved the skeleton from the book stack to the tombstone!   Posted: 11/19/2020 20:57:45

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
This image is just so much fun! I like the blue atmosphere and the foreground contrasts with the tombstones behind. Did you intentionally create the outline of a building at top left? That adds to the spookiness. Very cool image!   Posted: 11/21/2020 11:23:21
Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
Hi Trey. There is no building at the top left !! Spooky indeed that you see one. I added a moon on top left to "shine" through the trees.   Posted: 11/21/2020 11:30:09


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