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First Challenge: Earth, Air, Fire or WaterHello Castle Folk...
I'm so JAZZED that our group is becoming REAL with the opening of our first challenge: Earth, Air, Water or Fire (otherwise known as The Elements.)
One of the MAIN requirements for this challenge will be that the "element" is represented by a human/humanoid being or "Elemental."
The MAIN requirement for this challenge will be that the "element" is represented by a human/humanoid being or "Elemental." Be creative with this, as
I know it's easy enough to find stock models already representing an Elemental but if you want your work to be chosen as a winning piece-judges WILL take into
account the amount of manipulating that was required to CREATE your ELEMENTAL.
In your description you MUST inform the viewer of which element you are illustrating. You are also allowed to put that in you artwork, though not required
to do so.
Challenge ends April 19th 2015
Include our group icon in your description as well as gi
Level 2 Entries:
Level 4 Entries:
This is a very cool idea. Nicely blended and well-done manip.
Level Two entries:
Honestly, I feel like this should have been entered into one of the more advanced categories. The composition is very good and the concept quite creative. I really like how a sense of depth is created with the columns in the foreground and background. The background adds to the whimsical scene, and I like that the cat is looking in the direction of the fish. I think if at least one of the fish was moved up in the direct line of sight of the cat, then the connection would have been even stronger. Right now, the cat looks like it's dreaming a bit. I like the choice of colour and the texture is also a nice touch. Well done!
I really like the background that cazcastalla created with the other stock pieces. It comes together really well. The colours are lovely and compliment the main subjects well. I find it interesting how the rock was given bluer tones to give it a more outer-worldly look. As I am used to looking at photomanipulations with mostly three-dimensional subjects, the 2D subjects are a bit unusual for me. However, they do fit in well with the scene. Another suggestion I have would be to make the composition less top-heavy. Aside from those small details, it's very well put together!
Wow! There was a lot of stock used in this piece! I commend Love-and-Blades for putting so much effort into it! The idea of having the elements have dinner together is quite a creative concept. It is very difficult sometimes to connect the models in a photomanipulation, but I think it was done quite well here. Even the detached subjects seem to have their own characters. While there is much skill in using many different objects, sometimes less is more. I find that the use of the various effects is a bit overwhelming in this scene. The background itself is lovely, but it could have done without the extra swirly bits, in my opinion. Altogether, the scene is nicely put together. Quite whimsical, pretty and creative!
Level Four entries:
I like the humorous take on this manip! The mouse huddled in the corner and the owl swooping in for dinner is quite an entertaining scene. One of the nicest parts is the warm glow of light coming in from the window. I like the attention to detail in that the objects on the windowsill were also given a brighter and warmer colour and adjusted to fit the picture. I noticed that some parts are blurry and some are sharp. I believe it was to make it more photographic or to create depth? If this was the case, then I think that the owl's face should have been made blurrier. The texture gives this piece an interesting dynamic, as if the owl just made its perch. The overall colours are very nice, but I find that the mug clashes a bit with the warm yellow tones and the red berries. Perhaps if it were a different colour, it would be more complementary. Still, everything was very well put together and enjoyable to look at. Keep it up!
Everything in this is so clean cut and high quality. The sharpness of it is very pleasant to look at. I like the brightness of the scene. It complements the activities very well. The mixture between 3D objects/subjects and photographic ones creates the type of surrealism that Alice in Wonderland is known for. This approach was a very clever one! I like that, even though it was in the background, there was a good amount of detail on what was placed on the table. I think that the shadows created behind the subjects was a nice touch, but the shadow behind the mad hatter doesn't seem to fit with the others (all of the other shadows fall to the right, while his falls to the left). The way the room was transformed by adding all of the different elements was very interesting to see and very well done. Good job!
The topsy-turvy world of the Mad Hatter is cunningly brought to life in this deviation which feels as if the entire room is distorted. The angling of the room and the flat planes of the figures add to the sense of wackiness as hosted by the Hatter himself.
Level 2 Entries:
"Dinner" by theheek
This is a hoot! Having had kitties as pets for decades, along with fish on occasion, as well as birds, I know how kitties are when it comes to the temptation of an intimate “live” dinner! I can imagine this kitty waiting until the humans are not watching then he’ll see if he can grab a “quick bite”
"Spaced Out Dinner" by cazcastalla
This is a delightful romp in space. Love the planetary background and the floating rock aka meteorite with the characters ready for a picnic. All the elements came together beautifully to make a fantasy scene.
"Gathering of the Elements" by Love-and-Blades
This actually fits well with the current challenge at Castle-of-Manips five-elements challenge. All the elements gather together for a yummy repast!
Level 4 Entries:
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" by amethystmoonsong
Double entendre in the title! Perhaps this should be called “Guess WHO is dinner”! The owl seems to know his meal is just around the corner…. If only he could reach!
"Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea" by WDWParksGal-Stock
I didn’t notice the Mad Hatter back shadow until after I got the critique from silber-englein ~ she mentioned the shadow behind the Mad Hatter is at a different angle than the other stock pictures! I did notice that the chair top should have been warped at the top to go along with the warping of the room but didn't notice until the deviation was done. I did a LOT of post-work after flattening, so to fix the mixed-media deviation, I would have to redo all the final touches, which are many. If I get a chance, I’ll go back to the PSD file and rework the layers then redo the post-flattening additions.
Many thanks to those who entered the challenge! The Fan Art Challenge is off to a good start. Plenty of time to create an entry!
Don’t forget to check the challenge at Castle-of-Manips ~ and there are prizes!
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