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Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Train Series

A few years ago I created a photo illustration of a train: Steam Locomotive Illustration
Steam Locomotive Illustration

(See Composite for more information on how the train illustration above was created.)

That image has been published several times over the years so I wanted to create some more.

I don’t have many train photos. I take them sporadically as I travel. The one below is from Toronto. It started out very plain. I tried to stylize it to add a bit of drama and interest.

CN Rail Illustration
CN Rail Illustration

The smoke was the hardest part. I created a custom brush and just played with multiple layers and blends until I got something I liked. This can be a time consuming process. The image can become quite complicated. Here is the Photoshop document with all layers:

I let this one sit for a while but finally sent it off to my agent at All Canada Photos. Then I started to look for more raw material to continue the series.

In 2013 Lori and I travelled to New Zealand for a 6 - week trip. It is a lovely country. We visited the Kingston Flyer, a steam engine train on the south island. The images are okay but I wanted to bring them closer to the style of my other train images. That was my intent. I ended up with something a little different.

The Flyer Illustration
The Flyer Illustration

The Flyer Illustration
The Flyer Illustration

The Flyer Illustration
The Flyer Illustration

The Flyer Illustration
The Flyer Illustration

The Flyer Illustration
The Flyer Illustration

It’s always fun to play and explore with my images. I never know where I will end up.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Marta said...

Very cool what you have done with the train images!!!

27 February 2017 at 09:44  

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