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Submitted on
March 22, 2010
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2.0 MB


72 (who?)

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FinePix S5700 S700
Shutter Speed
1/239 second
Focal Length
21 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 8, 2008, 6:03:01 AM
In His Element by SaraChristensen In His Element by SaraChristensen
:bulletgreen: SEE THE STEP-BY-STEP FOR THIS IMAGE HERE: [link] :bulletgreen:

No download. I accidentally made this at 72ppi, so it's tiny as hell. My bad, lol.

Last project for Photoshop II: whatever the heck we want.
It was a total freeform project; we only had to explain why
this would make a good portfolio piece and what it might tell
prospective clients about us. It was also supposed to show
our own unique style somehow... My style is unicorns, haha.

A lot of my photomanipulations have a surreal beauty to them,
like they're realistic but too perfect and/or airbrushed to be true.
I also use weird filters and effects to add pizazz, which can often
push it over the line into fantasy. But that's just how I like to work.
You can see it throughout my gallery---it defines everything photo
related in my collection. I may or may not abuse Photoshop... XD

So this is Cobra, my fave character from Remnants of Ashenfeld.
Don't ask me why he's in the mountains. He's probably just being
a badass, as usual. I had a lot of fun with the markings; the original
Friesian horse was obviously solid black, so I had to create the
white on him myself. I also did a lot of brushwork in the mane, tail,
and feathering. The snow was generated via the noise filter and the
rest is just tons of adjustment layers and lighting effects. I'm not
really sure if I like the sun beams or not. I think they look lame, lol.

Yeah. Really sorry it isn't any bigger. I should have checked the ppi
before I started, but I am just swamped with deadlines right now
and my mind is overrun with... everything. I just completely spaced.

This is my first try at manipulating a horse, at least to this extent.
I've done background work before, but putting a subject in the
foreground always makes things more difficult. Let me know how
you think I did! I really love this guy, he needs to be drawn more.
I hope to put out a better ref for him soon. The current one is
outrageously old and doesn't really feel like him... We'll see how
that goes, but until then, enjoy his extreme sexiness here!

Created in Photoshop CS4 on March 19-21, 2010.

:bulletgreen: Stormy Sky: [link] by ~night-fate-stock
:bulletgreen: Mountain Range: [link] by ~AlzirrSwanheartStock
:bulletgreen: Cliff Ledge: [link] by ~The-strawberry-tree
:bulletgreen: Friesian Horse: from Google (can't find it now)

Ten completely useless points to anyone who can figure out
why I named this piece "In His Element." Look in my gallery.
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TheSiberWolf Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
I don't know why it just does...
TheSiberWolf Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
It looks like it's in some game.......
SaraChristensen Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, that's interesting. Maybe because it's a low-res image that was then sharpened?
Xfilly Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Student General Artist
I think I've seen this one already, but....... great job!
SaraChristensen Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
How have you seen this one before?
Xfilly Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Student General Artist
oooooohhhhh, sorry I saw it in another group before this one. sorry bout that.
kittykittyhunter Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010   Writer
And what a cool project! It's a great opportunity to try and define some of the things you're about. I think it works excellently as a portfolio piece. :)

Title... because his element is wind. :D


Do I get a cookie nao?
SaraChristensen Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:w00t: I love the colors, too. I obsessed with color, lol.

I really appreciate the project we're doing. They're all about
defining your style and showing off what you can do best. So fun!

YOU... get two cookies. I thought his element was ice. :XD: I FAIL.

:heart: :cookie::cookie:
kittykittyhunter Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010   Writer
It's quite easy to get obsessed with colour, hehe. :D

Tsk. He'll be so upset, lol.

Ooh, cookies! *gobblesswallowsgulps*

SaraChristensen Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:XD: Remarkably easy.

I know! He probably hates me now. I'm a bad mommy.

:giggle: Omnomnom!
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