‘Oh dear … ‘ I thought, when I read the prompt word. ‘Storm? What am I supposed to do for ‘storm’ – unless, of course I want to paint landscape?’
But of course, that’s the UN-creative, knee-jerk reaction of someone who expects to fail.
So I thought again.
See, me being me (as I’m sure you all know, I am), I didn’t want to paint, draw, or otherwise create a run-of-the-mill scene of a boat being tossed on the waves, or people scurrying along with umbrellas being blown inside out, and I don’t do whimsy*. Besides which, one of the reasons I’m doing Illustration Friday is to stretch my imagination.
As it is, I’m not sure I’m really done anything terribly original. I mean, who hasn’t heard the phrase ‘storm in a tea-cup’? But I had a lot of fun doing it, and I’m fairly pleased with the result.
This is a digital collage made in Photoshop Elements. I began with a photograph of a cup and saucer with a nice storm-grey backdrop, which I picked up from my old standby MorgueFile. I ironed out a few wrinkles in the background, sharpened and brightened the image a tad, and sat and looked at it, wondering what I had in my photo files which might fit.
I found what I was looking for among our holiday photos from Niagara, circa 2006. We were unlucky in the weather because despite only being early October, it snowed and blew a gale while we were there, but that did provide some beautifully stormy water. So I cut out a piece of turbulent river and included a bit of the falls, then cut another from a different part and reversed it. Joining them together made the stormy-looking ‘whirlpool’ in the cup.
Then I needed some interest for the rest of the picture, which I found in a folder of a road trip from a couple of years ago when it absolutely bucketed down so hard that everyone’s speed dropped to about 30 mph, because visibility was so bad. I took a ton of pictures, and the ones from the side window were ideal for this. I’ve used a series of overlays of rain, which allow the shape and detail of the cup to show through nice and crisply, while the surface drops are still visible.
After that it was just neatening, balancing colour and contrast etc, and cloning a few bits and pieces to make everything fit together seamlessly.
What do you think? I rather like it, but you know what they say; I might have been working on it so long that I can’t see the wood for the trees!
* Well. Hardly ever, anyway!