Jan Handman  

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Jan Handman

October 2021 - Something Wicked This Way Comes

October 2021 - Jan Handman


October 2021 - Jan Handman

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October 2021 - Jan Handman

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About the Image(s)

A trip to the craft store yielded this month’s main elements. Since Halloween is coming here in the States, the store was full of harvest and spooky items. The background image is from the Grand Tetons, so I started with that and just placed the house and a few pumpkins around it. I masked the house and erased the white parts of the windows and door. A new layer behind the house was where I created the lights in the windows using a soft yellow brush. Some of the trees still showed behind the house in the areas where the lights were less intense, so I created another layer behind the lights and brushed in 100% black. Next, I created a new layer for the "something wicked's" eyes (again using soft yellow and hard black brushes), and the chimney smoke (using soft black at reduced opacity). I keep trying to make myself not use PS Poster Edges and Oil Paint on every image, but somehow I just prefer the artistic look they provide. Lastly, into On1 for a couple of textures to further spook things up a bit.

6 comments posted

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
In spite of the eyes in the forest, your image has a welcoming feel to it: the path leading to the open door; the cat in the window; a warm fire inside; the lights on in every window; and the stylistic treatment of things that grow. I'm a retired high school English teacher who thoroughly enjoyed teaching "Macbeth." Shakespeare has one of the 3 witches announce that "something wicked this way comes" to let the audience know that Macbeth, a hero as the play opened, approaches as a psychotic killer. I can't help but see the title as the antithesis of what I view as a warm and fuzzy scene. Your favorite filters continue to serve you well.   Posted: 10/06/2021 16:20:24
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Alan. Actually the title was taken from Ray Bradbury's novel of the same name (but I assume he got his title from "Macbeth"). It's about two teenagers who were both born on Halloween and their adventures with a traveling carnival that comes to town. A strong message in the book is good vs evil. I wanted the two incongruous parts of my image to reflect the warm innocence of the house vs the dark wickedness of the approaching creature, so the viewer could decide which would win out in the end.   Posted: 10/07/2021 14:03:33
Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
I guess I chose good! I was an avid Ray Bradbury fan about 50 years ago and did read his "Something Wicked." I actually used that line for my submission in Group 54 in September 2020. It's a wonderfully portentous sentiment.   Posted: 10/07/2021 15:28:04

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
Another masterpiece. Well conceived and well executed. And in good time for Halloween.
I like that you've used the die for the house - I'll have to look through Viv's selection to see what I can find. Tim Holtz has some interesting ones.
I like the feel of this image. You've treated all the elements to good effect and with sound reasoning. And the poster edge / oil paint treatment suits it well   Posted: 10/11/2021 16:47:38

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Jan, another one of your fantastic creations here. It is just creepy enough for Halloween with a warm feeling flowing out of the house. The cat is the perfect thing to put in the lower window.   Posted: 10/12/2021 14:35:50

Brian Menzies   Brian Menzies
Jan, a well-conceived and executed image. I can see my grandkids wanting to know more about this house.   Posted: 10/13/2021 04:51:37


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