In my fine art group yesterday a friend was lamenting she is having a hard time coming up with concepts that inspire her. This is such a universal struggle. I post “Daily Inspiration” on this blog every single day in order to combat it. Now, typically I use visual cues to inspire me, but I realize a lot of … Continue reading Three fresh techniques for finding creativity when you are utterly blank…
Bubbles are synonymous with Summer to me. My girls were playing with them and I thought what a cool stock theme! I’ve seen so many amazing photographers use these in their conceptual portraits so I went on a hunt for some stock for you guys. These are some of my favorites! Actually, one is an image … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Who is up for a little bubbly?
When you think of photo manipulation or compositing what comes to mind? Do you imagine artists who put together huge elaborate scenes with 1000’s of layers and special effects? Do you imagine someone who has graphic design training and has the ability to paint and illustrate? What if I told you, you can make a beautifully composited image out of … Continue reading How to transform a simple portrait with 2 brushes and a texture…
It’s free stock Saturday! I’m am really proud to share these mask images with you. These are from my personal stock collection. They were purchased when my Father was on a missionary trip to Ivory Coast, Africa. These have been in our possession since I was young and I always loved looking at them. There … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Today’s free stock? Hand carved tribal masks!
I love any artwork that surrounds an ocean theme. With summer upon us I have been seeing a lot of beach and water themed artworks. I remembered I have some really cool images of dolphins I took on a family vacation a few years ago so decided today was the perfect day to share them … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Dreamy Dolphins are the theme of the day!
One of my favorite themes in conceptual portraiture is ocean or water themed artworks. I love the tones it gives and how magical everything feels by just adding water. So today I am sharing my stock pack of waterlines. In order to create an underwater artwork, the key element in the composite is the waterline. Here … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday: Just add water…
I saw a really neat artwork a while back where the artist used roses in the landscape as if they were actually trees. I LOVED it. I haven’t quit thinking about it. So today I went to my local Kroger florist and picked up a few spring flowers and made some stock, keeping in mind the … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Spring is in bloom! How about we make some flowers into trees?
First I would like to apologize for the delay on Free Stock Saturday. I have been on the road and didn’t have internet access but I think I have some stock images that will make it worth the wait! Lookie what I got you guys! This beautiful building is The Castle Post. A luxury hotel located in … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! (On Monday…) Hear ye! Hear ye! Today’s theme is for creative royalty!
It’s free stock Saturday! Today’s theme is Books! I was visiting my Dad a few weeks ago and I came across these books on his shelf and I thought they were so beautiful. I just had to take some stock of them. There is SO much inspiration you could draw from these images. A lot … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! It’s time to hit the books!
Location. Location. Location. Locations play a huge role in conceptual portraiture. The setting for the concept is integral to the story. I’ve had quite a few story images that, had I not had the perfect location, the story would have fallen flat on its face. Any photographer who has tried scouting locations will tell you, scouting takes a LOT of time. Taking that time may not be … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Into the woods we go!