It's been that kind of week, ya know? Where circumstances make you just want to escape. And despite social distancing, I have a vast realm where I can explore void of disease and politics: My imagination! So I grabbed a cell phone image that was sent to me, poured a glass of wine (not that this is needed, but hey, I'm not driving), and sat at the computer to begin the image.
Since I love to stalk images on Pinterest, I did see one that piqued my interest, one of a girl in front of a bear. Perfect! I had my client (okay, my sister) take an image of her grandchild on the floor, with several prompts. I had her place the child, Paisley, by the window. I instructed my sister to sit eye-level to her and take several shots, preferably with her mom or grandpa in front of her acting silly. I then went through the images to get the one the best told the story.
But then I needed a bear. I didn't want a stalk bear....I wanted my own animated plush toy. I asked my husband to hold up the teddy bear near my light source (in this case, a window seat). He's used to me issuing unusual requests. And, God love him, there are many.
After sketching out my idea on a piece of paper, I started working on compositing the image together. It really wasn't complicated. A great deal of painting was involved to bring details back to certain parts of the image and to soften others. At first, I did not incorporate the balloon, but wanted to bring more life to my bear, which I puppet-warped in photoshop to bring him to "life". The balloon teases at the reality of this artificial scene. I chose a oval presentation to play into the balloon floating outside of the frame. Because, why not? We don't always have to color within the lines.
In short, creating this scene was a fun diversion, and adds whimsy to an otherwise regular day.