Fantasy Photo Manipulations with Before and After Retouch Example by Digital Artist Eithné Ní Anluaín – Dundalk, Louth, Ireland

Eithné Ní Anluaín is a Photoshop wizard extraordinaire who pushes the boundaries between fantasy and reality.

In 2009 by mere chance, she started doing some digital art with Photoshop Elements 6.

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'Uisce'

Yay … right!?

It didn’t take her long to set herself up with a high performance Mac system using the full Creative Suite 5.  In a very short bit of time, Eithné has earned distinction of being named ModelMayhem’s 2010 ‘Digital Artist the Year’ and is working very hard to build a career of her imagination and art.

The genesis for ‘Uisce’ or ‘Water,’ our lead in shot here,

“was primarily done as I wanted a warrior woman in a desolate landscape.

Chonastock has these awesome stocks available and this just suited the warrior out hunting for water, or is she…? feeling.”

(Click any image to view full size.)

With clients range from publishers and magazines to motion picture houses, it could be said Eithné has taken 10 years to come back to what she should have originality been doing.

Always “arty” and due to go to Art University, Eithné instead allowed a thirst for scientific knowledge to land her into unhappy careers as environmentalist and geologist.

Self described as obsessed with fantasy, Eithné’s mind is a whirl with:

  • swords, knights, dragons, heroines, elves, goblins, orcs, torcs, celts, wyverns, magic, sorcery, creme eggs…

Take a breath…

“… and, anything generally not based in reality.”

She admits, that living in the land of the ‘little people’ constantly talking to her has warped her head somewhat.

“Fantasy is my Reality.”

As that is where she lives, I suppose it may be quite natural and easy to incorporate such fantastical elements into her photo manipulations, yes?

Whether male or female, she is drawn to and her work is rich with strong dominant characters.

This comes through in the examples here of her personal work as seen in ‘Uisce’ and ‘Beann Sidbh Clann.’

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'Beann Sidbh Clann' Before & After

Beann Sidbe Clann’ or ‘Banshee Family,’ was done as a tester on just doing a retouch.

Zikes!

It migrated to what we see finished here in these Before and After and Workflow images.

Done over the course of October, it required approximately 5 hours work and today is one of Eithné’s favorites,

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'Beann Sidbh Clann' Workflow

In ‘Beann Sidbe Clann,’

“Laura New (the mother) looks evil, but serene as well.

However, never turn your back on Adrianna.

She’s the one to watch out for.”

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'Gaoth'

” ‘Gaoth’ or ‘Wind’ was practice to keep an image ‘high key‘ as I do a lot of high contrast work.

It just basically flowed from there.

I wanted to make her like a ghost coming out of a clean backdrop.

A quick tip for images like this is to lay your base texture down first, then mask the face in over the top of that.  That allows you more control of the hair and face.”

Isn’t it wonderful how passions, once applied, can turn to great results with a bit of hard work and focus?

For more of Eithné’s work, click here.

Images © Eithné Ní Anluaín and Photographers
 
 


 
 

 
 

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