behind Masters Of The Universe

I wanted to post the original photos from my Masters Of The Universe set (which is still a year long work in progress and will become a book of my most creative work to date, book available in December) and post the finished result below each one. A few I do not have the original photos to, so I have posted a step I had saved during edits. Enjoy!

This one took me a long time to clean up and had a lot of noise and grain in it. Photo was taken in front of the headlights of a car. I changed the colors and added light beams from an old photo I had taken from 2008.

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Masters Of The Universe

This was actually a crap photo and was intending to delete it. But I have a thing about turning garbage into a work of art.

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Bed Time Story

This photo was originally taken for a levitation photo that didn’t quite work out composition wise. After a few hours of debating I added a photo layer from the broken up wall by Paul Reveres up town here in NL, added some birds from a picture of Justin Mertens from 2009 and came up with this result.

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Grounded

Karly wanted a picture of her flying, with stars and clouds and this is how it went. 🙂

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A Childhood Full Of Dreams

For this one, I was originally wanting an alien abduction type photo inspired by the movie Fire In The Sky. Once I started working on it, I turned it around and went straight for the alien itself instead. The ending result still gives me the creeps.

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Fire In The Sky

I don’t really know what to say about this haha. This is very tore up and I mutilated this photo so much that you cannot even tell who it is once I finished it. The idea was inspired by my fascination with ghosts and my very own real Shadow Person encounter.

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Interdimensional

I was shooting for a moon phase here. I like how you cant see the other side of his face at all.

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Waning Gibbous

This photo was taken while just messing around with a small 2 inch LED light and that is all that is lighting his face in the photo. It took me a lot of time to come up with what I wanted here, but once I aligned the smoke layer it gave his neck this creepy twist and I was finished.

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Screamer

This didn’t exactly go as planned. I am still unsure if I even like the finished photo and I may re-edit when I go to put it in my photo book for the year.

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Narcolepsy

This was inspired by one of my Goosebump books as a child titled Say Cheese And Die by R.L. Stine. I dont think Marcus thought too highly of what we were doing when we painted up his face, but once he seen the finished edit he was blown away.

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Say Cheese And Die

Inspired by my love for Star Trek. I spent a good solid four hours editing the shit out of this picture. I had never made a damn planet from scratch before using photoshop. I pretty much ripped my hair out while working on this, plus photoshop closed up twice while in the middle of working on it. I wish I had the original work here to post because after I was finished I thought it would be neat to show a step by step for someone wanting to learn how to do it.

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Final Frontier

This is a left over photo of Marcus when we painted his face. I only had a step saved of the edit. I added a film negative I have of a space shuttle and put part of it in the background.

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Visionary

Fucking gnarly man. We had all sorts of folks in town staring at us when we shot this. I used dough for the ring on his head, blended in photoshop and then added an extra blood splatter from an old photo from 2009. I also threw in a motion blur to give it an action-like look.

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A Light At The End Of The Tunnel

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