It’s always a great thing to see how a designer works, it’s a great way to learn and also to progress with your own skills. Now I wanna share a case study from Ralf Krause aka Falcon White, who did this piece for Desktopography 2011. I hope you will enjoy it and free your mind on new knowledge.
In Ralf’s Words
Like all the other elements, I cut out the main image.
For the hair I used a masked picture of a woman.
A cracked texture, some colour corrections and increased contrast came into play.
I opened a second document to build the background with 2-3 ocean pictures that where blended together by masks.
More rocks and a ship where added and on some spots I brushed some „Fog“ and turned the whole background to orange.
Time for a third document. There I placed the skull and the background scenery in front of a green coloured cloud layer and started to add some smoke behind the skull‘s hair.
Cut out pictures of a neck and a knight‘s armour completed the fog walker. Birds appeared in the back and the skull got a green coloured touch.
In this step some shadows where brushed and using Dodge and burn I increased the contrast. The palm leaves where placed and a little bit more fog moves in.
Time to place the parrot…
that went through dodge and burn. The skull also got a little bit more hair..well, actually it‘s feathers. Then I made everything darker and gave the whole wallpaper a more violet colour…
That changed in most spots into blue…
and ended up with a green color mood with flat black tones.
This wallpaper “Antonio Bay” was inspired by the movie “The Fog” – a true ‘80s classic by John Carpenter. By the way you’ll find a lot of great wallpapers on Desktopography.net initiated by Pete Harrison.
About the author
My name’s François Hoang and my alias’s Aoiro Studio. I am a self-taught freelance graphic designer from Montreal, Canada. I’ve been designing for the last 4 years and really have a huge passion for creative work that makes a difference in our world. If you wanna requests some posts; I can be found on Twitter or feel free to contact me.