ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Hot Virgin Mary seen in Michigan!

Updated on November 15, 2011
Hot!
Hot! | Source

Hot from the studio.

Hello, thanks for taking a moment to read another installment of the Hughes Design/Create catalog. As is always the case, these hubs showcase work that I've recently finished. The ones here are especially designed for the art trading card, or ACEO format. This is a new trend for me; just last night I prepared the graphics I've been working with for the art trading card format, basing them on a 2.5 x 3.5 inch layout. If you are interested about the details of how I'll proceed making them, you can read about it here.

The word "Hot" on fire appeals to my meta sensibilities, as well as the teenager in me. It just looks so neat! Likely I'll start on a series of these letters as individual design elements. Here's the video I watched to learn how to make them. It really is amazing all that can be accomplished with Photoshop, as Hot shows: all the elements came from the program itself; and were manipulated there with the basic tools to create the effect of burning text. Now that's hot!

Safe Driving with the Virgin Mary
Safe Driving with the Virgin Mary | Source

Photoshop with the Virgin Mary

The Virgin Mary is an iconic symbol for our society. Representing the divine form of the feminine, we are lucky to have her presence in our lives. The poster here is designed from a picture of a cement statue of the Virgin that I took about a week ago, combined with a photo traffic passing under a bridge near where I live today. Titled Safe Driving this picture invites the viewer to contemplate on the seen and unseen forces that help us get to and from our various destinations everyday. Much of the poster has been colorized with the aid of Photoshop, using different techniques. Additionally, I created the fine lines coming out of the Virgin Mary's hands using Photoshop tools based on the tutorial here. Once I created the starburst outlined in the tutorial, it was a simple matter to resize it, place a portion of it where I wanted on the canvas, and then make it slightly opaque, so that the traffic can be clearly seen.

With the design I wanted to evoke the kind of Virgin Mary that's often seen on candle holders at small grocery stores. I hope you enjoy this design, and like the other designs on this page, you can purchase it on clothing, posters, greeting cards and other items at CafePress.

Do you have candles like the one described in your house?

See results
I Heart Michigan!
I Heart Michigan! | Source

Michigan

The first image that I worked on today proved to be the most difficult to get through; it went through several different incarnations before ending up in this final stage. Since Photoshop is primarily a program for manipulating photos, I'm constantly amazed at the way it can give a subtle painterly look to things. In this example, I used the glass filter from the distort subcategory over the portion in the heart. Around the edges I applied a Gaussian Blur tool, as well as the palette knife prior to that. I like the pallet knife tool, and also used it in the picture of the virgin; both on her skin tone, and the sky. I think it helps to unify that picture.

Until next time.

Thanks for reading about my design efforts at Hughes Design/Create today. The designs are meant to uplift and inspire people to feel good about their life and the lives of the people and animals around them. If you have a particular design theme or idea you'd like me to work on, please let me know.

Nameste (the Divine in me salutes the Divine in you).

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)