'Paradise Lost' - Fallen Angel

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

Amy Hanna

All the quotes are from 'Paradise Lost' by John Milton, including the ones in the background. For anyone interested in the actual construction of the piece in Photoshop, here is some information: (1) The background is 38 layers of 2-4 lines apiece, then I had to double that when I expanded the image upwards. (2) The image has a total of 80 layers, when all is said and done, though I merged some throughout the process. (3) The original is 5000 pixels wide, with a resolution of 200dpi. (4) The PSD file, at one point in time, was over 100MB in size. (5) When shading the body and wings, I often used a round brush with very soft edges at an Opacity of 100%, but a Flow of just 1%. (And sometimes I still had to use the eraser at a low opacity!) (6) The body was painted solely with the round brush tool and the eraser tool. (7) For the wing feathers, I drew thin lines where I thought the edges of the feathers should be, then used a Gaussian Blur. After that, I added a Motion Blur. Once that was done, I once again added very thin outlines on the edges of the feathers. (8) I had to use a flashlight and a mirror to figure out some of the lighting (especially on the arms, the face, and the legs)


Published More than a year ago

Category Mythology



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