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Old 05-12-2008, 11:39 AM
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Thanks, Wm... I think?

This was certainly a fun project.

I did my best to include all the elements mentioned in the story introductory synopsis. The "inhabitants" of my enchanted forest just happen to be faeries! I removed the bridle and reigns from the horse as I couldn't envision a magical creature with such restraints. Also, Sarah wouldn't need a whip, so I provided her with a magic wand. The final composition leaves adequate room for the book title.

In addition to the provided photo of Sarah and the horse, these are the components used to build the composition:

Background: Bryce library fantasy scene and trees from personal stock library
Poser Faeries courtesy of Stephanie Baker-Thomas (www.faerymoon.us)
Evil: Poser library werewolf
Seagull, swan and wand: personal clip library
Grasses and fish: PhotoImpact stamps
Foreground mist: adapted PhotoImpact cloud particle

And here are the primary tools used:

Editor: PhotoImpact 8 - 40+ object layers and dozens of masks
Alien Skin Image Doctor 2 Smart Fill to help remove bridle, reigns and whip
Transport corona: glow, Alien Skin Xenofex 2 Electrify and zoom blur
Alien Skin Textures Reptile Skin for dress accents
Alien Skin Impact Motion Trail for faery flight
Xero Pulsar for wand starburst
PhotoImpact Lighting Lens Flare for background accent
Medhi Melt 1.1 to distort reflections in the water

Perhaps this will give you some ideas and provide some inspiration. I sure hope to see many more entries.
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:35 PM
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Yes Lonk, that was a compliment. I know my sence of humor doesn't quite translate over the internet.
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:00 AM
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Hi LonK,

I've been playing with this one, but can't get my ideas to work out right and most likely won't be entering this contest.

Your entry is phenomenal. Thanks so much for the description of how you did this. Also, thanks for the link to the Fairy downloads.

Lorraine
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:56 AM
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Re: May 08 Contest Discussion

Thank you very much, Lorraine.

I do hope you finish and enter the contest. I know what you mean about working through ideas. Indeed, I made up 1/2 dozen or more full mockups before coming to terms with one. Visualizing an outcome is challenging, but most rewarding. It's a great feeling, after often prolonged experimentation, to arrive at the composition that just makes you exclaim, "YES... That's it!"

Stephanie is a very creative and multi-talented artist. She ran a popular PhotoImpact bulletin board several years ago (now defunct) when she began taking a more active interest in 3D modeling (Poser). Her faeries are simply charming.
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:59 AM
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Heads Up, Phil (philbach)...

*Final image must be exactly 600 pixels wide and 800 pixels high.
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:46 PM
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Thanks, LonK, for your encouragement. My problem is that I'm almost out of time now. My husband and I are leaving this weekend on a trip to San Diego (our wedding anniversay present to each other).

I have downloaded quite of few of those fairies -- just to have in case.

I thought I recognized Stephanie's name, and I certainly did. She's also an instructor at "LVS Online" where I've taken numerous courses, but unfortunately none of hers.

Thanks again and good luck with your entry.

Lorraine
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Old 05-25-2008, 03:30 PM
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Re: May 08 Contest Discussion

Here is a temporary photo album link to review the contest entries:

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Old 05-29-2008, 01:52 PM
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I'm a long-time reader of sci fi/fantasy and was a little bemused by how many entrants equated fantasy with fairies and fairy dust sparkles, which mostly belong in children's books. So my voting was determined by a combination of composition and faithfulness to the genre.

1. lonk - has the right over-the-top feeling, good composition, and room for print. But scratch those doggone fairies!
Thank you, lurch.

Is this more to your liking? (A little less faerie-ish.) We aim to please!
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:36 PM
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Is this more to your liking? (A little less faerie-ish.) We aim to please!
Much, much better! I particularly like the one peeking from behind the bush. Actually, that's the only 'resident' you really need. Do I sound like an art director? . . . or maybe an advanced case of "them as can, do, them as can't, teach"

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Old 06-02-2008, 07:55 AM
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Results will be posted later today.
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