Photographer Alina Sliwinska is a big fan of Tim Burton’s creations. Her project, “Remains of the Day” was inspired by the film.
“I wanted to create something inspired by his creativeness. “Remains of the Day” is inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the Corpse Bride. The model has features that the characters from his movies have.”
1. Choose a model and cut her out from the background.
2. Select the model’s head and copy it on a new layer, then use the tool “Transform” to enlarge their head and adjust it up to the neck. Straighten the model and reduce the saturation by using the “Hue & Saturation” adjustment.
3. For the background, choose a photo of an autumn forest then use “Hue & Saturation” adjustment without “Colorize” and change the colors to blue.
4. Then copy this on a new layer and use Gaussian Blur, add the Mask and Gradient tool to create the smooth transition to grass.
5. Next step is painting light. On a new layer, paint with big soft basic brush – on center of the picture with blue color – blend mode – Soft Light. On the next layer with the same soft big basic brush but in black color on edges painted shadows.
6. With “Liquify Filter” manipulate the model’s head. Enlarge the forehead and eyes. Make the nose, lips, ears and waistline smaller to get that “Red Queen” effect. Change the color of the dress with “Hue & Saturation” – select the dress and change the color to blue. On a new layer, paint with a big basic soft black brush – shadow under the dress.
7. Next step paint the hair. Use basic small medium hardness brush to paint the hair.
8. With Brightness/Contrast change the picture’s ambiance to be darker.
9. Behind the model, add a white rabbit – the theme from Alice in Wonderland. With the “Liquify Filter”, distort the head – it must be bigger, the same goes for her eye. With a small hard basic brush, paint a black and red lines under her eye – this will make the model look more creepy.
10. On the model’s hand, put a knife and paint blood on her hand or the knife. In the corner, I added a skull then distorted it with “Liquify Filter” in the same way like what we did with the model and the rabbit’s head. On the model’s dress, I added three more small skulls.
11. Distort the skull to match the color of the background. In front of skull, paint a spider web with a small hard basic brush in white color. On the model’s face (on new too layers), by using a small soft basic brush, paint the shadows with black color then use a white color to paint lights, the blend mode for this layer is – Soft Light. Accentuate the top of the cheekbones and the corners of the eyes with color white. Then, change the color of her eyes to blue with the use “Hue & Saturation” (select the eyes and copy it on a new layer – blend mode – Color).
12. Under the model’s eyes, paint shadows with a small basic soft brush. Then, with the same size of brush now with the red color, paint the next lines under eyes and her lips – the blend mode of both layers with the black and red color is Overlay. After that, paint the knife with dropping blood.
13. With the skull in the corner, paint a small black spider with black color – basic hard small brush. Adjust the saturation to blue and you’re done! 🙂 🙂
My real name is Alina Sliwinska (in network Lady Amarillis). I was born in 1985 in Poland. When I was a young girl I liked draw and paint. I was a big fan of books, I’ve read a lot of them
so I have a big imagination. Thanks to them, I felt safe, they helped me to create many worlds in which I’ve always had an impact on this going on in them. I think that thanks to the books of my childhood was colorful, fascinating. Now I have many books too. I still love to read and stay in my imaginary worlds. Thanks to them, my world is better.