So, Ive been mooching around DA for nearly 8 years now - spending most of my time submitting work and browsing the photomanip galleries. Right from the outset the 'Girl in a Pretty Dress'
genre has been huge, making up a sizeable percentage of ALL photomanipulations submitted to DA. It's the popular style, the most dominant stomping ground for newbies, and subsequently the most popular sub-genre in photomanip.
I can't help thinking the following - how many variations of a forlorn girl set against a woodland background shimmering in the moon do we really need? Don't you guys get bored of it??
At the top tier, there are many fantasy artists here in photomanip, that have skillsets that I seriously envy. Ive yet to figure out some of these remarkable ambient lighting techniques, and I plan on doing so in the near future. I would love to see how these guys tackle other subject areas such as Surreal, Sci Fi or Abstract. There are infinite worlds; real or imagined that could be conceived with our artform, why do we keep returning to the same old scene, the same old story? I just feel it's a missed opportunity, by the many, to push photomanipulation forward as an artform.
Regardless of my journal witterings, this is a trend that will not die out soon, and I don't think it should either.. who am I to stop people creating the art that they like? Who remembers the Breakdancers against Abstract Lights craze a few years back? lol
Something to think about.. If you are in the 'Flowy Dress' genre, why not try something different? I'd love to see the 'Fantasy' style applied to unlikely topics. I am a photomanip fan, first and foremost - this is my shoutout saying I want to see more creativity overall in the galleries: so I can steal your ideas, and get better myself
Fantasy Season - SurrealPSD
The reason Im thinking a lot about this topic at the mo, is beacuse I want to do a Fantasy Season of tutorials at SurrealPSD!! Got any ideas of what you want to see done? At the moment Im thinking epic landscapes, mythical creatures, and - you guessed it, girls in flowing dresses
Yup, Im gonna get right involved in that one, immerse myself and try to learn as much as I can, mainly the awesome lighting techniques. Would be great to hear what you guys think.
Been a while!! Here's a selection of recent
s from my Premium, Surreal & Photography galleries:
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