First Night Design | Wings over the World

Sarah Vernon at First Night Design is one of my favorite artists. In this post, she shares her technique for achieving the lovely layered effect she gets for her artwork.

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The pleasure of creation is infinite and Wings over the World was immensely enjoyable to do.

Using Photoshop, I began with a coastal scene from Unsplash.com, a good site for free images.

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I overlaid this with another Unsplash photograph of seagulls, which I set to the ‘Hard Light’ blend mode.

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I followed with a texture from 2 Lil’ Owls in ‘Multiply’ mode at 82%.

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The next stage was selecting only the seagulls from that photograph and making these into a separate layer to go over the texture. This I put in ‘Multiply’ mode at 61%.

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The final touch was a Kim Klassen texture in ‘Colour Burn’ mode.

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The resulting image is below. I’m rather fond of it. I hope you are too.

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First Night Design | Clown in the Mirror

Sarah from First Night Design is a genius at creating vintage artworks by layering textures. She inspires me almost daily. Apparently she inherited a lot of her creative drive from her Mother. Take a look at this post by Sarah and you will understand her process better.

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I have filched a painting from my late mother and made it my own. Benedicta painted her clown in her teens — not that they were known as such an entity when she was growing up in the 1920s and ’30s. I say filched but I inherited it!

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To create a different colour palette for him. I used several 2 Lil’ Owls textures from the Confetti series.

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To set the whole thing off, I used another 2 Lil’ Owls texture from the Distressed series for a background on which you can see the faint markings of a musical score.

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My mother’s clown now looks as if he is checking himself in the mirror before going on stage, an effect that was coincidental but was pointed out to me by ‘him…

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