It's time for our Picks Of The Week
for the "One Stock"
Before we get to the picks, I want to review something with those of you who want to participate in the Fairy In Winter
challenge. This is a "realistic scene" challenge. It is not a design nor is it fantasy. It's as if fairies are real, but there shouldn't be any "magic" attached to them.
I've had to decline more than one deviation because the member did not read the expectations clearly. It's simple: Winter environment; fairy in the Winter environment; no magic or anything fantasy like.
I've been busy working on a deviation for another contest and some mixed media art and wasn't planning on creating my challenge entry yet. But I will stop what I'm doing and create a "Fairy In Winter" deviation so that you can see what I mean. It'll be quick and will not be my official entry, but it should help those of you who are struggling with an idea know which direction to go.
Back to our One Stock
Our prizes for this challenge are from and `WDWParksGal
and myself. We'll contact the winners as soon as we can.
All challenge winners
are invited to submit any deviation from their gallery to the group for me to feature with the winning "Picks"
. Please include the words "Member's Choice at #ManipulateThis"
for me to identify it as a deviation for the group.
At #ManipulateThis we learn from each other, so do pay attention to the comments that we make about the winning entries.
In addition, if you notice the same members winning more than once, pay attention to what they're doing. Learning also involves emulating what you see.
All of you should be proud of yourself for meeting the challenge! However, if you were not a pick this week, and you want to know why, or you'd like a full critique, please send a note to the group and the judges and I will be happy to respond.
Now For Our Picks Of The Week
One of our judges made this general statement about this challenge entries that I want to post here for all to read:
"I want to start out by saying there were so many outstanding entries in this challenge I was quite impressed. It was a difficult choice to come up the picks, as I found the entries interesting, detailed and quite different from one another, albeit a single required stock was used. Bravo to the members!"
"This manipulation showed the best adaptation of the required stock horse. Lighting, blurring, and grounding of images is excellent. Well done.""Wish For Wings"
"Another sunset scene! The blending of your background images is wonderful, and I can see you've made attempts to ground your main subject. Overall this image is very pleasing to the eye and executed well." "Secret Immortality"
"I LOVE that the reflection has wings. The only thing that stopped this from placing higher, is that the image isn't grounded (No hoof prints, etc). But the concept is wonderfully executed."
"Wonderful colors caught my eye first thing. With a little more attention to details and this could have been a level 4.' "The Irish Dullahan"
"Great job on creating a nice crisp darker image. Could have toned the horses eye down a few notches but still a great job."" Free"
"Since it is Winter this image is portraying a wonderful scene. I think you did a nice job and I like everything down to the grass placement."
"The Rebirth of Pegasus"
"Just.... wow.... the entire concept is intriguing, with the way the Pegasus fits into the "big dipper" as he is galloping his way across star-filled space. The planets, the nebulae, the stars all fit together for a background fitting of a magnificent animal." "Times Past"
"I do adore monochromatic art, and this is just stylish enough to nearly be a scene instead of a design; dark, a bit creepy and very mysterious, this image is full of details that keep the eye busy. Just wish the download was working in order to see a larger image. Still, it is quite breathtaking!" "Ahead of the Storm"
"When I first looked at this I could literally hear the stampede in my head, as if the animals were headed straight towards me! The details are numerous, right down to the sandy-dirt kicked up by the galloping hooves. The lightning has obviously made the horses skittish and they are getting to safety as quickly as possible!"