The Ballad of Mrs. Crowe

Recently I did something I had never done before; I recreated an older piece of my own art.

 I always see progress shots on Instagram showing something an artist drew many years ago, comparing it to the same thing but drawn recently. I had thought about doing something similar with my own art; take all the same stock images and see if I can improve upon what I had previously created.

 In the end I never really acted upon it. I just didn’t see the point in recreating something I had already made, I would much rather create something new.

 But then I saw a great stock photo by LadyxBoleyn of a cemetery that looked more like a Victorian street. I wanted to create an image with this stock, but then I suddenly realised – I already had.

LadyxBoleyn’s 2019 image of Highgate Cemetery

LadyxBoleyn’s 2019 image of Highgate Cemetery

Back in 2016 I created artwork using a similar image from Beccy of the same cemetery “street”. She had taken an updated image of the location so I finally decided that now would be the time to recreate one of my own images.

The original image was inspired by a name I had come across in my day job. Winifred Crowe was the perfect Victorian-type name so I began to build a story around it. I eventually settled on a widow who had lost her love and now wanders the cemetery in hopes of seeing his ghost.

The original image was inspired by a name I had come across in my day job. Winifred Crowe was the perfect Victorian-type name so I began to build a story around it. I eventually settled on a widow who had lost her love and now wanders the cemetery in hopes of seeing his ghost.

Instead of using the same stock photos for this new piece I decided to use the same stock providers, but different images. I already had my LadyxBoleyn image and so I went to S-T-A-R-gazer to get a new image to use.

LadyxBoleyn’s 2012 image of Highgate Cemetery

LadyxBoleyn’s 2012 image of Highgate Cemetery

As you can tell I’ve been creating images recently in landscape as opposed to square or portrait. So I thought id continue that theme – this would also help set my new image apart from my older one which was in portrait.

Whilst adding the different elements to my image I thought it’d be a nice touch to go a little bit further than my 2016 image, this time adding in a ghost – we’re in a cemetery after all. So I picked up a stock image, again by LadyxBoleyn, and also one I had used previously in a Darkhenge-inspired image.

Once everything was in place blending it all was quite smooth. I seem to be an expert in making daytime images look as if they’re shot at night due to the fact that this time it took little to no time at all to achieve it.

Another one of my favourite things to show in my art is a mysterious doorway. There’s something I like about showing a doorway, but the viewer doesn’t quite know what’s behind it, I like to think it allows the viewer to really connect with the piece, asking questions and getting ideas about what’s just beyond the viewfinder. I created one most recently in “The Veil of Dreams” and have shown this throughout my art every now and again. So instead of the mysterious box from my 2016 version, I thought I’d change it up and do a mysterious doorway. Here’s a few images I’ve created over the years featuring “mysterious doorways.”

I really enjoyed this little exercise. I doubt I’ll do this type of thing too often. In saying that, I feel it was a nice change of pace, taking a little look back at my previous work but also creating something new from it. Here’s the final image:

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