Soldier 76 spawning in for duty – Cosplay composite art Reality Reimagined

So in a video game when you spawn/respawn, I’ve always wondered what it must look like to the other players. I know in some games you just sort of appear out of thin air, others have an animation. I must admit that I’ve never taken the time during a match of Overwatch to sit in the spawn room and see what happens.
So that’s a good thing, because I sort of feel that it would look something like this image; bright lights, cool sound effects while you hear the catch phrase “Soldier 76 reporting for duty!”
I captured this image at the recent comic-con, C2E2 in Chicago, featuring the incredibly talented and versatile cosplayer Hailey S Cosplay. It was my first time working with her and I was completely floored by her ability not only as a cosplayer, but her experience as a model. It’s so refreshing to be able to just focus on the lighting and the photography, while most of the pose and looks are created by the model and her talent. I tossed this pose in at the end, as the vision of her spawning into the game suddenly took over my imagination.
More Overwatch imagery and other cosplay that I captured at the con, coming or spawning in soon!
(When I sit down to edit in Photoshop, I’m going to start saying, “Reality Reimagined reporting for duty!”)

(on second thought – no.)

Cosplayer: Hailey S Cosplay
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
#overwatch #blizzardentertainment #videogames #cosplay #photoshop #composite #art #soldier76 #c2e2
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The Dark Elf – Photoshop composite art from Reality Reimagined

Today I’m returning to the world of  dark elves and Photoshop composites.

One of the common misconceptions that most people have for compositing, revolves around how much lighting you need and what type of green screen you have to use.

Folks often assume that you need a several lights to separate the person from the green screen and that a background like that is absolutely necessary to make a good extraction.
In this composite of our dark elf, played by Christie Pingel, I am using one single strobe with a beauty dish to create the shadows I want in the image and a single reflector off to her left. She’s standing against a beige wall in a loft and since her skin tone is in the same color family as the wall, there wasn’t any color cast.
The most important aspect of lighting is to use it to create the shadows and mood you want in your final image. This will always create a few issues that would never be acceptable in a typical portrait. In this case, her eyes have very little light in them at all. I took a second frame at a higher exposure to get the foundation that I could build on in Photoshop. I’m including the original image for reference.
I got the chance to work with Christie, her friend Emily (featured in my previous piece of Medusa) and the brilliant body painting art of Amanda Johnson. I wanted to continue the theme of elves for a shoot at Shutterfest and when Christie reached out to me to work together, I immediately saw the dark elf that I was looking for. She is a versatile talent that can play the lightest of moments and emotions and then completely switch and turn into one troubled, dark soul. That talent, coupled with the artistry of Amanda’s toning and styling, brought to life a new character bouncing around in my imagination.

So folks, let me introduce you to Shi’Larra Darkweaver.


Dark Elf Composite art

Photoshop composite art – dark elf from Reality Reimagined

Body paint and HMUA: Amanda Johnson
Costume, Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
#photoshop #composite #art #elf #darkelf #fantasy #wacom #shutterfest2018
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Body painting to create another world – Photoshop Composite art from Reality Reimagined

One of the greatest creative strengths of body painting is that you can truly create characters from another world, with the simplest of tools and techniques.

Returning to some of the work from the Shutterfest photography conference this year, this image features the second character that was painted by the brilliant Otto Ott. He not only painted the design, he created the fantastic wings that she is using. They have such a great level of detail in the design and they (of course) are brilliantly painted to add such a unique look to the character.

This was the first time that I got to work with Sam and I truly had a blast! She has a fantastic smile and it came out each time I told her to channel that dark, sexy, fearsome inner beast inside. We hit a lot of great looks and she quickly stepped into a dramatic role as we photographed, filling our time with some great images that I will visit soon!
Thank you to Nicole for her fantastic work and creativity and to Carrie for organizing this event at Shutterfest.
Harpy body paint

Harpy body paint from Otto Ott

Model: Samantha Brunat
Body paint and wings: Otto Ott
Organized by: Carrie Meumann
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
#bodypaint #photoshop #composite #art #wacom #wings #shutterfest
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Thor and the worthy cosplayer – composite art from Reality Reimagined

One of the greatest things to witness in the world of cosplay, is when children meet their hero for the first time.
I had the privilege of being at the comic book convention C2E2 with this wonderful man and his beautiful wife, both of whom I am honored to call friend. They bring to life their characters and make it real for so many; that is their greatest strength as cosplayers.
When Jeff Jackson walks up to a child to greet them, he does so with a gentle yet powerful voice and with a dialect that sounds like what you’d expect from the mighty warrior. He uses words like “greetings little warrior!” and the kid’s eyes open up like saucers and they smile with delight because for them – THOR – is standing before them in friendship.
He also has a wonderful replica of Mjolnir that actually weighs a lot and is a surprise when you go to lift it. You assume it’s hollow plastic and you can heft it with the slightest of effort, but you quickly find out that you are not worthy to wield this mighty weapon. When a child goes to lift it they have to struggle at first, but finally they lift it up off the ground and hold it high above their heads. Thor lets out a glorious chuckle of praise and forever seals in that child’s mind that they have value, they have worth and they can believe in themselves. When you see that courage light up in their eyes, you can not help but admire this amazing man and the joy he creates for so many.
I am not a Marvel fan – nothing against it, just never got into it. My heroes come from Krypton, Themyscira or Gotham. However I have a lot of friends that are huge fans of the MCU and they are always very patient and kind when I ask really dumb questions. I’ve slowly began to absorb some of their excitement for these characters and stories and I have to say that I am excited to see the Avengers film that is opening today. When I saw the trailer for it, I turned to my wife and said “it’s a shame that I’m not a bigger Marvel fan, because that movie looks like what a super-hero film should be.”
We will go see it – maybe more than once. And I know without a doubt that I will not see Chris Hemsworth on the screen portraying this warrior called Thor.
I will see my friend Jeff Jackson and all of his worth.

Model: Jeff Jackson
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
#cosplay #marvel #photoshop #composite #art #comicbook #movie #avengers #thor #wacom
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Grand Award winner of the Shutterfest 2018 image competition – Reality Reimagined

I recently had the privilege of being a teacher at the Shutterfest 2018 photography conference and it was such an amazing experience. I was so thankful and inspired to be a part of such a wonderful team and community; truly memories that will last a lifetime. I was able to share so much that is meaningful to me and I saw the light of imagination and creativity come alive in the folks that I was fortunate enough to teach.
But I simply was not prepared for the news from yesterday.
I entered eight pieces of artwork into the image competition for Shutterfest, submitting to the new category of Creative: Illustrative. I am so proud to share that I won not only first and second place in my category, but I received the distinct honor of being the grand award winner of the entire competition!
I have been in awe and just so very thankful for this achievement and honor. There are some truly beautiful images and amazing moments captured in the other categories and I just can’t seem to find the adequate words to share my feelings on being recognized among those amazing artists.  To see these fantastic images, visit the winners gallery at
I had the chance to talk to Sal Cincotta on the phone last night and to thank him for all of his support and guidance for all of these years; man, you are the best! Alissa and his team are truly some of the best and most talented I know and I am forever in their debt.
I can’t even begin to describe all of the feels of telling my wife Bethany Troop Byrd on the phone what had happened and hearing the joy in her voice. I love you with all that I have within me; you are my Captain.
Dave Mason sponsored me to be an instructor this year at Shutterfest and has given me so much wisdom and guidance that I will never be able to repay him for his kindness and generosity. If you haven’t visited with McKenna Pro Labs then stop reading my blabbing right now and go see their amazing artistry!
Bri Robynn Rambo – WE DID IT! I got the chance to work with her recently in Arizona and it was a blast. She is such an amazingly talented photographer and creates imagery that inspires me to continue to evolve as an artist. Her work in front of the camera is second-to-none. Thank you for sharing in this experience with me and for creating some great art!
Last night I was with a great group of friends, doing what I love and photographing their new cosplays. I had no idea I had won and my phone started going off like crazy. To share with them was a blast – Jeff Jackson, Jenn Jackson, Jaime Hoskins and Mike Hoskins, thank you for being there with me in this moment and for your friendship.
When I got home, however, I had one of the best moments I could have ever have asked for. I got to sit down with my mother and father and share with them what I had achieved. Leaving them behind in Iowa as I started my new journey in Arizona has been a hard experience and to be able to show them what it means to me, to do this work, has truly been the greatest gift I could have ever received.
My friend Sasha taught me a valuable lesson, before she left this world. She taught me that time is precious and must be spent wisely. Do not waste a moment of your life in the company of fear. Listen to it from time to time as there is wisdom to be learned from fear, but never let it dictate your life.
A quote I heard long ago has been with me every day of my life. “The life that we dream and the life that we live, is only separated by fear.”
Model: Bri Robynn Rambo
HMUA: Lauren Edmondson

Photography and Photoshop Art: Reality Reimagined

#art #awards #competition #shutterfest2018 #composite #wacom #adobe #photoshop #grateful
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