I spent the last weekend laying about the house trying to shake off a cold that I seem to have come down with. So since I didn’t want to go out and make anyone else sick taking new pictures was out but since schools out I didn’t have homework to keep me busy so I started browsing through my photos and came up with this Sci-Fi lizard collage.
It’s actually a little more complex then it may appear at first glance(final file was a 200mb psd) I started out with a landscape shot I took at Arches at sunrise
I decided I wanted a more rugged terrain though so I added some peaks I shot over near pinnacles national monument
I wanted a little more Sci-Fi feel so I added a moon picture I took along the American river
Of course for a sci-fi feel what could be better then a classic looking rocket ship like this one I spotted at Maker faire
Next up I added a lizard, I decided to use one that looked like someone could be riding him and this one from the Sacramento reptile expo looked perfect.
Finally I needed a model for the rider, I had a shoot of model Kat
but the only shot I had of her seated in the correct pose was in a swimsuit and bare feet, so I painted some boots for her.
I placed all the separate elements on different layers in photoshop so I could blend them using layer masks, then painted in shading.
lastly I tweaked the color to give it a more other worldly look and applied a painting effect.
Voila Sci-fi lizard rider.