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  • PHOTO ART: Mini-Challenge #32 - Bambi

    See below for "Information and Guidelines."

    Here’s another “mini-challenge” to play with in the Photo-based Art category until the next offical challenge is posted here.

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    PHOTO ART: Mini-Challenge #32 - Bambi

    This one caught my eye. (OK... How about a collective "Ohhhhh....") I'm sure you'll do some wonderful things with it.

    Good luck and have fun.


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    Unlike “official challenges” for this forum which can be found here, this one will be self-contained within this thread. It is intended as an opportunity to engage in this artform until the next official challenge is posted.

    The rules are more-or-less the same:
    * It’s a challenge, not a contest -- intended to provide opportunities to experiment, share methods and/or techniques and, most importantly, have FUN.
    * Everyone who participates is a winner.
    * There’s no expiration date.

    1. Use any method, application(s), style(s) you like:
    . * Convert to sketch, grayscale, abstract, watercolor, oil painting, pen-and-ink, Conte crayon, impasto, van Gogh or any style of your choosing
    . * Add elements from other images (collage) or replace the background
    . * Hand painting? Tracing? Freehand? You bet. Always appreciate entries of this nature.
    . * Apply filters from your favorite application(s) or tweak it with 3rd party plug-ins
    . * Feeling animated? Not Godzilla again, plu-eeze!
    . * Any or all of the above

    Bottom line:
    How you create this masterpiece makes no difference. Whatever floats your boat as long as you follow guideline #4 in the process.

    2. When done, reply to this thread and attach your work (don’t forget the 100kb size limit).

    Note: Multiple entries OK if you’re so inspired.

    3. By all means include some verbiage on how you achieved your masterpiece so others will benefit from your skills and experience. Make it as descriptive as you like. Grammar and spelling will not be graded. Priority given to content, not how it is written.

    4. Have fun.
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  • #2
    Animals are good subjects for oil. So here an oil rendition of "Bambi"

    First I erased most of the background which left a white background. Then I did an IMage>AdjustmentsInvert which gave me a black background.

    Using Art history brush and History brush tool I put the colors back. I used big brush size on the background. Using a graphics tablet let me vary the brush dynamics.

    On the deer itself, I used smaller brush with blending option set to darken or multiply. This saturated the colors on the deer.

    Duplicate layer. Instead of USM I used Filter>Stylize>Emboss. About 86%, height - 6, angle - - 79 degrees to correspond to the light falling on the deer. Adjust opacity Flatten.

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    • #3
      Tony, very nice! The lighting is lovely also.

      I used a combo of a dry brush layer and a postered edges layer plus the addition of Bambi's best buddy, Thumper. This Thumper is a jackrabbit, but Bambi doesn't care.
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      • #4
        CJ & Tony:

        Both of these are great. You're warming up my heart already!


        • #5
          The addition of Thumper is inspired. It looks like it is really part of the picture.
          I also like that you reframed to keep the image in balance.



          • #6
            Tony and CJ, you both created beautiful pictures here.

            Thanks, Tony, for the details on how you do your oils look. I tried it and think I could get the hang of that! CJ, that picture needed something in the empty space, and you found the perfect solution!



            • #7
              I gave Bambi a change of scene then applied Paint Engine -Bad Brush to the background and Paint Engine - Arctic to Bambi which I applied with the Pattern Brush set to darken. Folowed that by using Danny's texturizing technique (Find Edges -Emboss - Hard Light).

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              • #8

                Jim, your little Bambi in the shade of that tall forest is so wonderful I can't think of a good enough adjective...

                Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious maybe?

                This goes in my keeper file as one of the best images I've seen on retouchpro to date.



                • #9
                  Jim - I really LOVE your image! Wow!

                  Can someone please tell me what kind of Bambi is in this picture? It's certainly not a mule deer which I have seen plenty of. And I don't think it's a white-tailed deer. Is it a deer at all, or a larger hoofed animal? This is really bothering me.

                  Thanks, Jeanie


                  • #10
                    Phyllis, Jeanie,

                    Gosh, thanks for the very kind words. I'm speechless.


                    • #11
                      Oh Jim! This is simply beautiful.

                      Nuff said.



                      • #12
                        Very odd effect!

                        Wanna hear (and see) something really weird?

                        I was starting to work on Bambi and copied the magenta channel then blurred a dupe of it, and by mistake blended it over the original (layers out of order) and set it to hue mode. A verrrry odd thing happened--swirly interference lines appeared all over the background! I noticed then that the channel was NOT in b/w, but actually had a slight touch of color to it. It was this tiny bit of color that made those lines, since they disappeared when I did desaturate the layer. Stranger yet, it ONLY did it on the 'hue' setting. It was too weird not to use, even though the resulting picture makes Bambi look more like he's IN a butterfly instead of surrounded by them!

                        I will have to see if I can find another pic that will duplicate this effect...could just be the way that particular background had been previously worked.

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                        • #13
                          That's a cool effect. It looks like those mouth blown glass scuptures.



                          • #14
                            Bambi Again

                            I applied a levels adjustment then the cutout filter. Over that I put a layer of green noise (used KPT "special green noise" but there are other ways to get the same result) and faded the effect. Then applied anisotropic diffuse (I love what it does to noise!) a few times (turning canvas between each) interspersed with sharpening.

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                            • #15
                              I thought Bambi looked a little lonely too, but wasn't clever enough to think of Thumper. Very nice CJ
                              I used a layer mask to separate Bambi from his original bk/grnd. Smart blur, drybrush, adjusting opacity, and blend modes. Image adjustment, invert, color dodge, gaussian blur. Several layer masks. Taking each mask off with wet media brushes, adjusting the opacity. Selected the butterflies from an earlier challenge, duplicated them. Cute challenge. I had several little Bambi's as pets growing up in the northwoods of Wisconsin. Something happened to their mothers, I remember feeding them with a baby bottle The Bucks did get mean when they reached a certain age, probably the adolescent stage

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