May Halloween Never Die
I had the idea for this photo come November 1st when Halloween was over, and everyone was immediately jumping to put up their Christmas trees. I mean... it's 2020. I can't blame anyone for finding magic and comfort in literally anything this year. Including putting up Christmas trees early and celebrating any damn way people want to.
But me? I wasn't ready to put away my cauldrons and pumpkins, or take down the bats off my walls. I absolutely LOVE Halloween. I love dressing up in costumes, I love pumpkin flavored goodies, and I love spooky decorations. So when the world was ready to move on, I just couldn't. And so she was born.
Below I break down the steps it took for me to create my Halloween Mermaid.
Terrifying isn't it? So lackluster and missing all the magic.
To get this party started, I created a wallpaper in Photoshop and started gathering some key elements like the bottom of my mermaid fin, the window, and the underwater scene.
To start with the details of the photo, I grabbed some flying hair of mine from another photo and dropped it in this image. I also found a red witches hat from PNG EGG and plopped it in.
Details Pt. 2
You'll see the addition of the pumpkin and some bubbles, as well as a wallpaper change, and a new color for my hat. I also started darkening our mood by bringing down some of the really bright light under the table and starting to establish shadows.
Details Pt. 3 & Light Sources
Our underwater friends have now joined us. I've also started establishing our light sources: coming form the above water light beams, and the glow from our candles and pumpkin. And with a new light source, comes new shadows (you'll see them around the window).
Softening Light & Shadows
To make our murky light beams more realistic, I softened them to feel like they were really coming through water. I also created intense under-table shadows to confirm the light source and increase believability by a hair. Oh, I also added that adorable baby spider web and spider.
Details Pt. 4 & Color Grading
I fixed my spider web to reach the length of the window pane and THEN ADDED THE CUTEST KITTEN THERE EVER WAS IN THE CORNER. I felt there was something missing, and I had no idea it was this little baby. Once he was added, I finished the image by color grading it with my usual blue and purple tones. I added a little teal as well to give it an under water feel.
And there you have it. Our Halloweeny Mermaid Witch.