So Christmas Blood was pretty fun to make. I made it in Photoshop. It was pretty inspirational for me. I wasn't drawing but looking at Christmas Blood started giving me ideas. It's one of the main reasons I make wallpapers. I like to look at them in their detail and see if I can see images in them, sort like how astrologers connect the stars to form pictures.
So since Christmas Blood was a pretty fun wallpaper, I thought I'd try it again. (It was pretty much made in photoshop, I only used MS Paint to flip the original tile around to create a full wallpaper.) Usually, I make my wallpapers in MS Paint first. I tried making them in Photoshop first way early on when I first got Photoshop, but they weren't very appealing to me so I stopped. But now, after several months of learning Photoshop, I'm finally beginning to create picture documents from start to finish in Photoshop again.
This one took a different approach. I started with special paint brushes over multiple layers to create a texture and only used red and green, as this is for Christmas. Then I took the final tile to MS Paint to flip it around to get two lines of symmetry. I took the wallpaper back to Photoshop to see if I could mess around with it and make it look better, instead of flat brush work. I started noticing an image in the center, it looked like a skull! So I decided to Google some animal skulls and figured a Coyote skull looked pretty close to the semi-skull-looking thing and copied it. It was an accident when I was erasing the background from the image to lose one of the coyote skull's teeth, but I decided it didn't have to be perfect, and I actually like it like that. Eventually, I got the skull to blend really well with the wallpaper and thought "Now I want it to have horns." I was thinking bull horns, but came across some pretty cool-looking Ram horns and decided to use those instead.
So the skeleton is part Coyote/part Ram. I named it a "Coyotam." I like that name for it, although I'm open to ideas
The wallpapers displayed here are all similar in pattern, minor changes to the Coyotam skull in different wallpapers have been made and intensities of colors have been dramatically altered in several of them. They all have a big connection to one another, but I like how each one of them has their own uniqueness. .:Technical Stuff:.
Time Spent: 3-5 hours, I'm not sure.
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0
- MS Paint
- Internet Explorer 7
Stock Images Used:
- Coyote Skull: [link]
- Ram Horns: [link]
Original Size of Wallpapers: 1866x1132 pixels each
- Original: Century Gothic (60 pt, bold)
- Warm Autumn: Mistral (60 pt)
- Harvest: Nueva Std (60 pt, bold)
- Aqua: Blackadder ITC (60 pt, bold)
- Spring: Fiolex Girls (60 pt, bold)
- Summer: Australian Sunrise (80.78 pt)
- Christmas One: Monotype Corsiva (60 pt, bold)
- Christmas Two: Vivaldi (60 pt, bold)
Number of Photoshop Paint Brushes Used: 8 (Different sizes)Coyote Image © hyslop
Ram Horns Image © SculptureGallery.com
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 © Adobe
Microsoft (MS) Paint; Internet Explorer © Microsoft
Coyotam Concept © ~nanasfreak (Well, I haven't seen too many Coyotes with Ram horns running around.)
Wallpapers © ME; ~nanasfreak
No copying, redistribution or alterations of any kind allowed. Plzkthx.