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December 7, 2016 /Inspiration /

Learn how to Create the Surreal

“Are you ready to go beyond reality and learn how to create the surreal with your photography?”

If you answered ‘yes’ to this question then there’s a good chance you’d be interested in the training offered by Story Art.

Story Art is a digital photographic practice owned by Karen Alsop. Karen is an award-winning, Australian, Melbourne-based photographic digital artist. Expanding on two decades of photographic and graphic design experience, Karen brings photography, design and art together to create stunning artworks that tell a story and take the viewer into another world and time.

Karen’s credentials stem from her early love of creating imagery from lots of different photographs and merging them together to tell a story.
The education Story Art provides is based on Adobe Photoshop.

“As my compositing skills developed through years of practice using Adobe Photoshop, so too was my enthusiasm for a story-telling style focused on visuals of children and animals: unreal fairy tales and classic stories made real,” Karen said.

“I’m driven to create digital portraiture which captures the personality and character of my subjects. I do this by placing them within a visual story setting which highlights their interests and loves. Often this is in a fantasy setting which Photoshop allows me to create.”

Karen’s tutorials provide step-by-step instructions on using Photoshop for photo manipulation, compositing, photography, extraction, layers, layer masks, lighting, surreal, whimsical art and more.

Indeed, the breadth of training topics covered is reflected in the tag cloud provided on Story Art’s web site.tag-cloud

Creative Compositing for Good: The heART Project

Since early 2016, Karen’s visual fantasy stories have attracted the interest of families experiencing hardship through the challenges of raising a child with medical difficulties. Through the magic of digital photographic composition with Adobe Photoshop, Karen turned the hopes and aspirations each family held for their child into fantasy-story photographs.

Together with The Sebastian Foundation, Karen established The heART Project.

“We needed to build a dual-purpose organisation which used digital photographic story-telling to bring some joy to families in need while also generating opportunities for other photographers to participate,” Karen said.

The aim of The heART Project is to spread love to families experiencing hardship through the challenges of raising a child with medical difficulties. Each heART project includes a workshop where, under Karen’s tutelage, photographers polish their skills while creating a portrait of a child who has had a rough start to life.

The heART Project has completed five projects to date and plans to spread the love: showing that something as simple as a photo can, fantastically, change families’ lives.

If you want to find out more about learning to create this type of art, Story Art has a special promotion in conjunction with Adobe and other providers HERE

You can also avail a 12 day free trial offer from StoryArt HERE

Join the Story Art Education Facebook Group HERE

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