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Busy as a bee

April 11th, 2010 by admin | Posted in Early Photoshop attempts, Into a Fantasy World, Photoshop Experiments, Romantic Art, Sci - Fi   No Comments »

Hello, I have been working over the Easter holidays for my job and not pleasure

but I have learned loads more techniques in Photoshop because of it so it’s not all bad.

You won’t want me to bore you with the brochures I have done so how about

I add a few images I have made for fun over the last few months…..

The first three were completed last year.

All the faces are computer generated.  This way I don’t have to pay a model……ha !

 Because they are spiritual beings rather than physical ones I allowed them not to

have any physical flaws. I am not a fan of computer generated ‘perfect’ women

in magazines as it gives us ‘human’ women unrealistic ideals, but in fantasy art it is acceptable.

I hope these images make up for me not posting any new art for a while.

-Tiana x




I see you !

January 30th, 2010 by admin | Posted in Competition Entries, Movies, Step-by-step   No Comments »

Yes, this month I have fallen for the hype and I have been to see the movie ‘Avatar’ in the cinema.

And to my surprise it was a brilliant film, well worthy of the hype.

There were men watching the movie that had obviously been dragged there by their

family kicking and screaming that were crying through the whole film.

How wonderful and fun it must have been to work on that film. What a dream job.

Anyway you can guess that my January image is going to be an Avatar – after all

you tube is bombarded with Artists showing how to make yourself into a blue

giant so why should I be any different?  So here is my attempt at making an Avatar

from an image of Beyonce – because she looks like she could be a beautiful one

and I hope they write her into the next film – well there has to be sequel – its a box

office hit that has already made a fortune. And I’m not complaining for once,

despite my hate of sequels I can’t wait to see Pandora in 3D again…..

Stage one – I chose an image of Beyonce

Stage two – I cropped and cleaned up the image

Stage three – I turned her blue

Stage four – A bit of remodelling of the eyes ,

cheekbones , nose and lips

Stage five -  Those yellow eyes

Stage six – after some details are added  the finished Avatar of Beyonce.

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Please let me know your thoughts – this is not meant as a tutorial as I’m a Photoshop

novice, I’m just showing you how I made this image , so any tips or suggestions on

how to improve my technique are welcome.

- Tiana x

Lipstick Lady

September 5th, 2009 by admin | Posted in Into a Fantasy World, Photoshop Experiments, Romantic Art, Step-by-step   3 Comments »

I thought I’d show you my most recent experiment.

The original image is from ‘Lying is legal’ at Deviant Art

Here is the link  to it: http://fav.me/d15dtfe

I cleaned up the image, changed the background to black and added some

flowers. My inspiration was Pre-Raphaelite Art.

I am actually pleased with what I achieved for a change.

Let me know your thoughts.

- Tiana  x


The Fairy Frog

June 26th, 2009 by admin | Posted in Away with the Fairies, Early Photoshop attempts, Into a Fantasy World   2 Comments »

Hello, It’s  June and the weather is great so far in Britain…

The month to see Frolicking Fox Cubs, Froglets and Toadlets, Speckled

Wood Butterflies, Elderflowers and Grasses etc….


I bet you thought I’d do a picture of a Butterfly. Well I almost did

but because of the number of Frogs I have seen in my garden I

have made a Digital Artwork of a Frog and a little girl;


       ’ The Fairy Frog’ – Digital Art by Tiana Fair – June 2009

Sorry I haven’t posted for ages because I have been called upon to use my

new Photo-shopping skills at work. I have been making brochures and designing

logos etc… It may sound boring but it does help me to learn how to use

Photo-shop just by the trial and error technique that I am so good at…hee hee!

Thanks for reading my blog, please leave a comment , if you have any suggestions

on how I can improve my fantasy techniques (without spending too much money)

please let me know (and I’ll let all you lot in on the secrets as I find them out….lol)

Take care,

Tiana  x

The MayFairy

May 10th, 2009 by admin | Posted in Away with the Fairies, Early Photoshop attempts, Into a Fantasy World   No Comments »

May is the month when the Nightingales sing (if you are lucky enough to hear them these days.)

It is also the month when Catkins dangle from branches like earings.

The door to Fairyland opens on May 1st.

So I had to sneak one in the picture…….


Badger and the Bluebells

April 25th, 2009 by admin | Posted in Away with the Fairies, Early Photoshop attempts, Into a Fantasy World   2 Comments »

This is my latest Digital painting for April.

Tis the season of Bluebells and Badgers so why not put them both together.

I found a stock image of a  baby Badger and a field of Bluebells and with a lot of

Photoshop fiddling and artistic licence this is the result…

I hope you like it.

- Tiana x


Another Hand painting to Digital painting

April 25th, 2009 by admin | Posted in Early Photoshop attempts, Hand to Digital painting, Photoshop Experiments   3 Comments »


Okay, so I have tried it again, this time with my wolf painting


                                                                         Hand Painting


                                                                              Digital Painting

The first painting is Acryllics and the second one is the same painting Photoshopped.

Please let me know your opinions.


Tiana x

The Mad March Hare

April 3rd, 2009 by admin | Posted in Away with the Fairies, Hand to Digital painting, Into a Fantasy World, Photoshop Experiments   3 Comments »


I have just completed an Easter painting for my kids.

Spring is the season when the female Hares

have boxing matches with their male admirers.

But in this painting the Hare is called ‘The Mad March Hare’

because it tells everyone it has seen a fairy and no one believes it.

That is until some children come along who can also see the

pretty little Fairy.

(That’s a shortened version of the story I made up to go with the painting

for my kids.)

Before I show the finished painting here is a painting of a Fairy on a cat’s

head that I did last year in Watercolour paints so that you can compare

between real paints and digital Art.

I welcome your opinion.

Thanks for reading my blog, see you soon,

Tiana x

                       (Watercolour  by Tiana Fair)

And here is the Digital Fairy Painting;


(The Mad March Hare – Digital Art  by Tiana Fair)

 Thanks for reading my blog, see you soon,

Tiana x

Thanks for reading my blog, see you soon,

Tiana x

The 5 minute Daffodil

March 25th, 2009 by admin | Posted in Early Photoshop attempts, Hand to Digital painting, Photoshop Experiments, Step-by-step   1 Comment »
These are the results of my 5 minute Daffodil experiment. 
Normally I would sketch the daffodil with pencil.
This would take approx 5 mins.
Then I would Fill in the background colours with paint.
This would take approx 10 mins.
So here is the first part of the sketch done by digital
pencil and then digital paints.
This took 3 mins to complete.
                                                                                 ( Daffodil digital sketch)
The next stage of a painting would be to add some detail.
For a painting like this it would take approx 15 mins.
Here I blended the painting with Photoshop.
This took 1 minute to complete.
                                                                                   (Daffodil with added detail)
And the result of my finished painting would be trimmed ready to
display with Watercolour on Watercolour pad or Acrylic on
I digitally added some texture. I tried different artistic styles.
This took 1 minute to complete.
First I tried making the daffodil look like it was in water…
                                                                                                  (Daffodil in water)
Then I tried to make it look like it was painted on canvas…
                                                                                       (Daffodil on digital canvas)
The results I found for my quick on the spot painting were:
                                Painting by hand                     Painting in Photoshop
Time taken:          30 mins - Bad                             5 mins – Excellent
As Original Art:     Excellent                                                 Bad
As a print:                Excellent                                             Excellent
So my conclusion is that Digital sketching is excellent for speed and if you are short on time. This makes it ideal if you are painting outdoors and have a laptop , a table that you can put your tablet and pen on and are within broadband signal range.
It is less messy and easier than an easel and paint but a lot less fun.
But you still cannot beat hand painting for an Original piece of Artwork, and textures.
It is possible to print digital Art onto canvas but the textures still are not as good as paint on canvas.
Okay so I know Digital Art is faster, I know that it is cleaner, I know that poster prints
are comparable to the real thing……
So now I have to experiment with the difference between thinking a crazy image up,
sketching ideas, finding the correct perspective and making the image look as realistic as possible…even if it is something wacky like a flying horse…
In the meantime I have been called upon to use my new Photoshop skills
in work…hmmmm….not sure I’m ready for that…..


March 10th, 2009 by admin | Posted in Away with the Fairies, Early Photoshop attempts, Hand to Digital painting, Into a Fantasy World, Photoshop Experiments   2 Comments »

 tiana-photoshopped      tf

(Digitally enhanced version)                              (Original Acrylic painting by Tiana Fair)


I am experimenting with Photoshop.

I like the way it can blend and highlight but I personally prefer

the texture of acrylic paints on real canvas.

Let me know what you think.


I used to sell original commissioned paintings for a high price

and then sell poster prints and prints onto real canvas at a cheaper price.

The prints were more popular than the originals which has resulted

in me experimenting with digital art,

for if the customers want prints

more than originals it does not matter if it is made from paint or

from computer technology……anyway back to playing with my new toy…

can’t wait for the pen to arrive….

and yes I did go for the cheapest pen and tablet….

I’m not spending a lot of money on something

that I may be no good at.


Have a great day following your dreams…Tiana x