He was up especially early that morning, and immediately set to work checking his car over once again. It was time. He got in the car and stepped on the gas. Driving slowly through the narrow, windy lanes. He arrived at his destination, parked the car. He was nervous. He had spent all his time and money on his beloved classic car and was desperate to win.
Under the Hood
I created this image for Sebastian Michael’s PhotoArtistry Weekly Challenge 1.
For this challenge we are given very strict instructions on the minimum we must include. This is in order to get your focus and to stop being overwhelmed when you have so much material to use in your art. We could take one or two of our own photos. These could be anything, but would be great if one was a landscape. Next we had to add two textures, one grunge film effect to be used as an edge, and one vector, all from a selection given.
It was then up to us what to do next. We could duplicate layers, transform any of the layers, make any adjustments, layer masks and blend modes, or even use anything from the Filter Gallery in Photoshop.
The final requirement was that we MUST incorporate techniques from the “Painting With Colored Light” tutorial. And if we could also include any of the other “Painting With Light” techniques, that would be better still!
Starting off with a photograph of a classic car that I had taken at a car rally held in Parsons Drove, Norfolk. I then duplicated the background and set it to a Soft Light blend mode. Next step was to start painting with colour.
On a new layer I painted over the grass (which was rather brown instead of green!) and the yellow of the cab to bring out the colours. I duplicated that layer and set it to colour dodge.
Then I chose one of the grunge film effects, reducing the opacity to 50%. On top of that I added one of the vectors, but I only used part of it, positioning it so that the part I wanted was in the top left hand corner, and then masking out what I didn’t want. Next I brought in two of the textures. The first one I set the blend mode to multiply and lowered the opacity slightly. The second one I set to soft light.
I added a curves layer just to make it slightly lighter. Finally, I added a fibre texture from the filter gallery.