Friday, March 27, 2015

Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire

Just a few more days and the Season 5 of Game of Thrones is upon us. I can't wait for the season premier so, I've decided to finally take some of the GOT figures for a photo shoot. Was able to complete series 1 of this line but, I still need 3 characters from series 2 and I hope to complete it before the season begins. I've got to say, Funko did a fantastic job with these figures in terms of articulation and overall sculpt well, except for Arya (lol) and the figures seem fragile and will break any moment.

Daenarys Targaryen.

"I'm going to break the wheel."
How I made the shot: I used a red lamp to make it look like that a dragon is breathing fire below. I added a dragon's shadow using CS then fire effects -- but, I want it subtle, so I blurred it a bit.

The Hound and Arya Stark.
Ser Gregor
Raff the Sweetling
The Tickler
Ser Amory
Ser Ilyn
Ser Meryn
King Joffrey
Queen Cersei
The Hound
How I made the shot: I used an orange lamp then used one of my dioramas (Walking Dead Funko Pop) and an LCD screen. Using CS, I added a photo filter to compliment the background color.

Jon Snow.

Watchers on the wall.
How I made the shot: Using an old diorama, I just added fog and snow effects using CS. You can just use a fog brush (you can download it for free) then a nice soft brush for the snow before applying blur (to the snow).

Robb Stark.

The King of the North.
How I made the shot: Not much editing except for smoke effect which you can also download or you can just use a brush from the preset.

White Walker's Master.
Winter is coming.

How I made the shot: Painted some branches white then using CS, I added snow effect. I used 'dodge' for the figure's eyes before replicating the layer then adding a black photo filter. In that layer, I erased the eyes making it stand out. 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015



Opened Star-Lord's ship last weekend was able to take a few shots. The ship fits the 3 inches figures also by Hasbro. This comes with Peter Quill figure, working lights and sounds. 

Off for another adventure.

3 figures can fit into the ship. Pretty easy to assemble but, kinda struggled with the stickers Ha! 

Keep the motor runnin'
For these shots, I used string to hold the Milano then later deleted it in CS. Then added smoke effects and lens flare. :)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Ladies of Etheria (Part 1)

Finally decided to open some of my Princess of Power figures and boy they're awesome! So, I took them for a little spin. :)

I just downloaded some background and used a base I previously made. I used string for flight scenes and even in some 'vanilla' scenes since I find the figures really difficult to stand/pose. Take for instance Entrapta. Her hair is too heavy to achieve the post below, so, I tied her hair to a string then removed it afterwards using CS.

Let's trash this place, girls! Scorpia, Entrapta and Catra,
Octavia cometh.
Oh deary-my, let's tell the others! Madam Razz and Broom
Move! Glimmer and Storm Troopers.
I will cut you, Flutterina! Flutterina and Catra.

This is just the first part of the POP series and I can't wait or the next weekend to take photos of Sweet Bee, Light Hope and the rest of the gang. :)


Here's to show you how I achieved the final look on one of the images above:
1. I removed the glare (lower right of the raw file) by cropping the picture.
2. There are different ways to delete the (a) string and (b) glare (Flutterina's wings and sword), but, I'm comfortable using the CLONE tool in CS.
3. I have to make the base blend with the background so I used Change Color in CS to make it brownish. 
4. Then I added a black filter to desaturate the color making it more dramatic.

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