I didn't want my photo to be overtly ghoulish I wanted to take a more subtle approach. I think our imaginations can conjure up more frighting things then what are really there. My photo doesn't have any vampires or ghost but if you were alone in these woods and night was falling you might be kind of freaked out. For those of you that want something a bit scarier, I created another one that includes Slender Man.
I used only my own photos in this Instructable, the original image is taken on Cortes Island in British Columbia (there was a deer that I was trying to take a picture of but it got away). The crow I drew in Sketchbook Pro and the photo with the prayer flags I took at a meditation retreat Centre near Whistler.
Step 1: Crow
- I sketched a few crows by hand first when I had one I liked I photographed it and opened it in Sketchbook Pro and traced it on a new layer. I don't have a drawing tablet and find it really hard with a mouse. This is the same approach I took with my Grim Reaper drawing.
- Once I finished tracing the crow, I deleted the original photo.
- I added a new layer and coloured in the shape of the crow with a dark blue copic brush then with a smudge brush I blended the colour.
- On a new layer with a paint brush I added some black over the shape of the crow and again blended it with a smudge brush. I also reduced the opacity of the layer so you see some of the blue beneath.
- With an eraser I cleaned up the black and blue layers were I coloured outside of the lines.
- On a new layer I added some highlights on the wing with a lighter grey colour as well as defining the eye.
- On another new layer I added highlights to define the shape of the body and the beak.