Cindy Gosselin  

Puffin Trio  by Cindy Gosselin

September 2023 - Puffin Trio

September 2023 - Cindy Gosselin


September 2023 - Cindy Gosselin

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About the Image(s)

There is an island off the Maine and Canadian coast, where we have access to puffins!! These birds are fantastic and so fun to shoot. My original had four puffins on a rock, but I removed the top two birds and replaced them with a better posed puffin. I added a textured background and then painted the puffins and rock in Photoshop with various mixer brushes. At some point, I might revisit this to use a different background and to add more room to the bottom of the frame.

7 comments posted

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Your decision to go with three was excellent plus they are in a triangle shape and is very attractive to my eye. Your painting of feathers is again excellent and the use of the texture for water is perfect. The only suggestion I see is that there is a slight halo I can see with my naked eye. When I took it into PS and zoomed into 400, I used bushy goodness and went over the edges to remove this and I believe makes the edges blend in with the background a bit better. I worked from the inside out.
Excellent creativity and painting   Posted: 09/23/2023 18:40:36
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Martha Aguero   Martha Aguero
Which brush is the "bushy goodness", from PS?   Posted: 09/23/2023 22:13:11
Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
You get the "brushy goodness" brush at your one year anniversary in Michelle's program.   Posted: 09/24/2023 08:35:58
Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
Thanks Nancy, yes I now also see the halos. Great fix. I'll use that.   Posted: 09/24/2023 08:36:33

Martha Aguero   Martha Aguero
I've always been fascinated with this bird, beautiful one.
Very nicely paint, and great composition.
Which brushes do you use for the end of the feathers?

  Posted: 09/23/2023 22:11:04
Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
For the feathers, I used a fur brush. The fur brushes tend to have more distinct markings as compared to Michelle's "greasy blender" brush.   Posted: 09/24/2023 08:37:25
Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Your use of the brushes is my goal. Nicely done.   Posted: 09/24/2023 10:59:35


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