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I took a breather durng the card project to work on one for myself. It is so relaxing to begin working without any idea of what the theme would be. I start by just playing with background, piecing bits and pieces, then blending, manipulating until a mood and idea begins to emerge. I had no idea in the beginning that I would make a woman with a bird. Whereas, when I’m working for a client, with a specific theme, it’s much different. When I do art for myself, I just let my hand lead me, instead of forcing the art to comply with a specific idea. It is very relaxing … until …

At 3 a.m. after working for about 6 hours without saving, Photoshop crashed when I tried to distort an object that had a Mask applied plus was linked to several other layers with Masks on them. The Photoshop file was already more than 6 gigs! with about 70 layers, so the calculations for this distortion exceeded the available RAM, so down she went. I remember emitting a loud "NO !" (I hope I didn’t wake my neighbors There was nothing to do but to redo all that work. I had to redo most of the dress that I had painstakingly worked on for hours, had to redo the bird, the flowers and the woman’s chest and collarbone, which you might think is easy, but that portion alone had taken me more than an hour to complete.

You think I would have learned my lesson by now. Once I lost an entire day’s work when Photoshop crashed and since then I’ve gotten into the habit of saving more frequently. But when the files are 6 gigs unflattened, (169 MB as a flattened Tif), it actually takes 17 minutes for the file to save (I timed it). That’s the reason why when I’m in the ‘zone’, I hate to have to sit and twiddle my thumbs while the file saves. But I sure paid for it, I had to redo 6 hours of work. I was up until 9 a.m. finishing it up (and had worked day and night for 3 days before). This image took me 4 days and nights to complete.

The woman is made from too many pieces to count, ie: the eyelashes from one, irises from another, eyebrows from another, nose from another, hair from several, shoulders from another, and so on. I love this kind of challenge, creating things from bits and pieces. I made the dress in Photoshop, using tiny bits and pieces. I tried so many hand poses, and different birds, eventually settling on this little sparrow, comprised of 3 different images.

For anyone who is interested, I've just created a book of my images, available from [link] This link just shows a few sample pages. It is really an experiment, I've not yet received the copy I ordered so I can't yet attest to quality, but I have heard that their book quality is good. I created it mostly as a portfolio piece and out of curiosity, but anyone is welcome to order a copy if they would like one. :-)
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Elitha Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
WOW!! That's amazing! I'd never be able to do something this way -- making it all out of little bits and peices. It's just astounding.. And I can't beleive you had enough patience and motivation to do it twice. Photoshop has crashed on me several times in the past and I've lost my work, and by that time I got so frustrated that I just scrapped the whole thing.
This is really incredible.
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00alisa00 Featured By Owner May 17, 2009   Digital Artist
Very nice! :)
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009   General Artist
Stunning imagery; this is so much more than photo manipulation - needs it's own category!!
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galefra Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Thank you for such an inspiring comment :-)
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Kaiden-Zeos Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Lovely work. I too can agree that saving can be a pain in the butt indeed, especially when working on an already large file size which can make things very aggrevating indeed. My hat goes off to you.
:heart: :excited: :heart:
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galefra Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
I'm now using CS4 and it is much more stable than CS3 on my computer. I'm no longer having problems with saving files or crashes. :-)
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starlight2infinity Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
:wow: this is so very beautiful and wonderful to look at

I love the colours used, it vibrant and purples yes I think that makes it against the background
Excellent work of Art :clap: :rose:

My heart goes out to you on PS crashing I know how the stomach knots when you lose hours of work you spend on it :(
and you know you can never recreate exactly as it was
:hug:
(not that mine every get to your level of complexity with layers...but still it hurts)

but making sure you save often is the only way
true thought twiddling thumbs while it does is a pain...esp when you have flow and what to follow thought with it.

this is truly an exquisite piece of art
Thank you :hug:
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:icongalefra:
galefra Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
I'm now using Photoshop CS4 and it is much more stable on my computer than CS3. :-)
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starlight2infinity Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Thats good to hear, I use 3 but then again I dont push it to the levels you do I suppose,
probably like you it would start falling over if I did.
(all thought it has freaked a few times and just stopped responding)
but happy to know it a lot more stable for you :)
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galefra Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Maybe it was the way I had my scratch disk set in the Preferences. I took the time to set up my Preferences properly in CS4, which is maybe why it's much more stable.
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starlight2infinity Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
yeah possible too...along with sometimes other programs
that my go active and dont play nicely together
Main thing is it working better for you...:hug:
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CindysArt Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Omg.........you are amazing!!!!! Dont you ever sleep?????
This is sooooooooo beautiful!! You put so much work in your arts. And it turn out sooo good!! I really love it so much :glomp:
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GoblinStock Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hi :wave: I hope you dont mind...I've featured this wonderful image on my front page (below my journal)
[link] :thumbsup: :boogie: :heart:
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galefra Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Thank you for featuring my art. The pieces you chose to feature look great together ! :-)
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GoblinStock Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
you're welcome :hug: & i'm so happy you liked them :thumbsup:
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Angelia61 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work has been featured [link]
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galefra Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Thanks so much for featuring my art with so many other great pieces of art ! I'm honored! :-)
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Angelia61 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so welcome! :hug:
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Angelia61 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh My Godness!!!! :wow: I love this image!!
You are so good!!! :clap:
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galefra Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Thank you for the feature. I love the colors that you've created in your journal, that teal blue is gorgeous and the artistic florishes!
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Angelia61 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so welcome dear!
And thank you so much for your kinde comment! :hug:
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Jasmine-Jean Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009   General Artist
Congratulations! You have been featured at: [link]


Thank you for creating such inspiring work!

Have a nice day :)
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strainstrain Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
Lovely...I like the dress and the teapot a lot:D
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galefra Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
Thanks so much! Happy New Year!
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VisualPoetress Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008   Digital Artist
What a beautiful piece of artwork :) she is lovely :) beautiful details too :)
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galefra Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
Thank you! Happy New Year!
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Starzshine Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! I just wish it were larger in order to see all the details that you spent so much time on =). I am impresssed, I thought perhaps this was digital art rather than photo manip., it was so skillfully done! :clap:
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galefra Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
oh, I just realized that when I'm not signed in, if I visit my gallery, the image is not in the large 'expanded' position. If you click on the image it will open up to more than double the initial size. Even though I've chosen open full size in my settings, it is opening small for some reason. Thanks for letting me know. :-)
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Starzshine Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
quite understandable, but you must realize that it is the ultimate compliment, somewhere within the stealing, to be admired that much to have people want it that bad can't be all bad, if you get my understanding. One thing for someone to use it and make money and claim it as theirs, that is wrong, but to use it because it is admired...you should be proud. But I can understand the frustration, no doubt. I am wondering, I have recently gotten photoshop, and I am wondering if you might point me in the direction of learning to do what you do, any tutorials or advice. I would love to learn any pointers would be appreciated if you could spare the time to pass anything at all along. I am learning it on my own, and I am getting to understand it more and more each day. But any pointers from you, well I would be most appreciative.
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galefra Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
I allow people to place my images on their blog or non-commercial website, provided they put my name "Gale Franey, digital artist" and a link to my website: [link] or my digital art blog: [link]

But regarding image theft, lately many deviantart members, Flickr members, CGSociety members, RedBubble members, Etsy members have been working together to shut down websites like Polyvore who blatantly steals copyrighted images from the internet to index for their members to use, chop to pieces and use as collages. It has wasted so much of my time, constantly emailing them to have them take down my stolen art where they do not give me any credit, in fact they give the art a new title and say that it belongs to their members. You might imagine that this could be upsetting to artists who spend hundreds of hours creating the art.

Regarding tutorials, the very best place is [link] where you can subscibe to their online video tutorials for $26 per month. It is fantastic and there is not only Photoshop training, but every other software you might want to learn. It is excellent. I highly recommend it. I am currently watching their series on Photoshop CS4 which has a lot of new functions added.

I also have a tutorial on my blog [link] but it requires a fundamental knowledge of Photoshop, it is not a beginner tutorial.
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Starzshine Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the pointers=D. I agree blatant stealing does suck when it is a site doing it. I think that should be curtailed and fined actually. I think a lot of kids do it out of ignorance thinking they are harming no one. But being an artist myself I can appreciate the time spent and effort and do appreciate your anger. Hopefully one day my art will get to your level. thanks again for the help.
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galefra Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
I agree :-)
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galefra Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
If people didn't steal images I'd post larger ones, but unfortunately the images get stolen quite frequently. There is now a tool on the web that matches pixels, so even if a person steals the image, adds something to it, even changes it, the tool finds the image. I am inundated with following up on my stolen images, in many cases people selling them.
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karemelancholia Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008

Congrats!!!
I've featured this creation in the November Visual Art Features.

This feature is in the news : [link] .
Please check it to view other's art and fave the news article if you like it!


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:pointr: Looking for a Contest? They are all listed here : [link]
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galefra Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Thanks so much for the feature. All the art there is wonderful !
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karemelancholia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
You're welcome dear!!!

And if not yet done don't forget to fave the news article : [link]


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:pointr: Looking for a Contest? They are all listed here : [link]
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Atenea217 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
wow, wonderful! the colours are spectacular!
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galefra Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Thank you very much!
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Jasmine-Jean Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008   General Artist
lovely :) and who is the girl? it looks painted... was it taken off stock?
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galefra Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
In the description I mention the process I use to create this woman. Thanks for your great comments! :-)
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Jasmine-Jean Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008   General Artist
Oh this is just gorgeous. Was this taken off a photo and used with stock background? How did you do it?

Looks superb, colours are amazing.
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galefra Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
I built the background myself from bits and pieces. I like to shape it into exactly the mood I am looking for so avoid using a single stock image, which would be too limiting.
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FenneArts Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I adore the colours and all the details :heart:
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008
Beautiful...
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galefra Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
Thanks! :-)
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AsianGang Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008   Photographer
Reminds me of the joanna newsom Ys album cover
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galefra Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008
I just looked it up on Google. I hadn't seen it before. The art is great, and there is a certain similarity of the body position and the flowers. Very nice. I wonder who did the cover art for the CD. :-)
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FantasyLost Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008   Digital Artist
This is absolutely stunning, awesome, incredible!! I believe it is one of your very best and well worth all the extra effort you put into it, even if that wasn't planned :)
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galefra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Thanks for such a sweet comment :-)
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FantasyLost Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008   Digital Artist
You are most welcome. Your artwork is awesome :)
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