As promised in my last post sharing a Halloween Photoshop composite, I have put together another picture to this theme, by way of learning how to use my new XP Pen graphics tablet. This may not mean anything to most of you but there is a vast wealth of difference between drawing and shading with a mouse and with a stylus pen on an independent tablet.

Whilst I have a long way to go to be a fraction as good as many of the guys you see on the web who can produce much better works in one hour than I can in four days, I do feel I have improved sine my first attempt at photo manipulation just over a month ago, and especially learned a lot making this picture.

I was inspired to try something with zombies are seeing the numerous pics on Instagram from other creators to commemorate Halloween, although for some, spooky images are their bread and butter! I didn’t quite find the source image I had in mind for the main zombie but I can’t say I am unhappy with my final choice either.

The source stock images came from all over the place – from Google Search, to Pixbay, Pexels, Unsplash and even the artist behind Benny Productions who collated a number of images from PXHere and Pixy for an editing contest he held. which I borrowed a few for this picture. Here are the stock images I used with additional credit to SvenKirsch from Pixabay, NeONBRAND and Jakub Mičuch from Unsplash and cottonbro from Pexels.

Click thumbnail for full sized image:

And here is the completed piece. I actually did all in night time blue during the main composition and edit but when I adding the final touches I found it worked a little better with different colours from a LUT in Photoshop which was then tweaked in Camera RAW:


Click image for full sized version!


Certainly my most ambitious and involved work to date, but it as a huge learning curve it was invaluable experience.

As always you can see my artwork on my new Instagram account! If you are on there, please do give me a follow! 🙂

Thanks for reading and Happy Halloween!



4 thoughts on “Something a bit different… 4 – Halloween Special pt 2

  1. “Whilst I have a long way to go to be a fraction as good as many of the guys you see on the web who can produce much better works in one hour than I can in four days”…..well…you could have fooled me, as I think these look absolutely awesome!😀😀 And being the zombie fan that I am you can guess that this one certainly is a favorite now!😊 Terrific job!😊

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    1. Thank you!

      I suppose I’m being a bit hard on myself since I only started a month ago but the standard of these young kids is exceptionally high. for example, look at the finalists in Benny’s Edit contest (video below) I wouldn’t even know where to begin with some of the stuff they do, but at least it gives me something to aspire to! 😮

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