IF - Journey

Work in progress - digital manip. 

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” ~Greg Anderson

I am such an art-addict. Each Friday I eagerly open my email (usually over coffee while still in p.j.s) to check out the new IllustrationFriday.com prompt. Then I pray to have some free time!

Loving this week's challenge,"journey", and the quote that came with it.

I recently finished a fabulous online workshop, Photomainpulations 3, with the always brilliant Susan Tuttle (I absolutely love her  blog, Ilka's Attic) and have been looking forward to playing with a few of the things I learned.

There are a few things I still need to tweak, including some subtle faux hand coloring which is a little too subtle. And some more blending/ shading.  I'm trying to show motion but wanted her face to be clear. This has been fun to play with... But I have to run & don't know if I'll get to work on it again for a few days - so best to post as is. By the way click on the image for a larger view.

Stock used is from these generous & talented deviant-art stock photographers:

If you are inspired by the thought of a journey, I hope you add your creation to  IllustrationFriday.com. You have all week to play along. Or just stop by & see what other folks have made.

And if you want to see some amazing figurative/fantasy art, click here. It'll take you to yesterday's interview with the insanely talented Bethalynne Bejema. You can also read about the 3 awesome prizes I'll be giving to random blog commenters for her


  1. Stacey I need to check out Illustration Friday! You seem to really enjoy it. Love seeing your WIP's!

  2. Love your work in progress!! Looovvee it!!

  3. Your work in progress looks really cool!

  4. I don't know why I don't devote more time to PSE and playing, I really love what it can do and love digitally altering art and photos. This is great Stacey! I'm jealous of your Susan Tuttle class, I bought her book and have skimmed thru, but not studied.

  5. I really looks so interesting, very mysterious and, well cool :)

  6. Looks cool!
    oh and I have NO idea how to do that :-o

  7. This has a great sense of movement with all the lines! Love it!

  8. Love this piece Stacey . Steam Punk is so fun to create!

  9. Nice and interesting work; the learning is like a journey, which if we enjoy it minute to minute gives us big results, like this.

  10. Great WIP Stacey! Love the focused and unfocused contast. Real feeling of motion, but slower than normal speed. I guess the class really paid off. NICE!

  11. You have so much great work! I also loved looking at your Etsy shop. Thank you for stopping by, I am glad to have found you!