I usually use my own textures and the ones I purchase from other artists to process my photographs, e.g. giving them a more painterly look or texturizing Negative Space.
Only recently I began to use them more as backgrounds for some more abstract works or still lives and such. So this short post's purpose is to show you how I created one of my abstract plant designs.
Have a look at this gif
For years I have a small Cycas palm plant that once in a while sprouts new leaves. A few years ago I captured these and forgot about the images. But recently I came across them while going throw my archives and decided that they might make a nice decorative abstract.
So I cut them out and copied the leaf I cut out and arranged them on three different layers. I didn't want to simply reflect them, so no symmetrical composition.
After some time of trying different textures I decided on Sky Dive as the main background. As these leaves seem to reach out onto something I had the idea to add a somewhat stylized sun, so I took the golden texture Scratches and masked all but a circle and had my sun.
As always a srennshot of the layers in PS:
After some minor light & contrast tweaks I had my abstract plant image.
Meanwhile I did a few more plant compositions, have a look:
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