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The fifth annual Exposure Awards, Paris

Your photo has been selected for the second round of judging for Photographic Exposure Awards, in Paris!

It was entered, into the Animal Collection!

This is the best way to be woken up in the morning... years of hard work and taking thousands (yes thousands) of pictures is finally paying off.  Last year I did not make it to the 2nd round this year I finally have!!!

helena.see.me/exposure2015

please feel free to vote for me, every vote are much appreciated.

I am immensely grateful, for this!  I do enjoy sharing the beauty of the world that surround me with others...


This was the photo that got selected.... I took this on my Bushy xmas holiday with family....
Its very hard to photograph these animals as they are very wild and the moment the vehicle stop you have to be ready to get snapping, on the rare occasion they were nervous but standing long enough to switch my camera to continual shooting, focusing and letting it rip.  I think there is about 20 pictures and this one was so nicely timed!  Its not every day you get a pose like this.

This was taken with a Fuji Finepix S150 10.0 mega pixel camera on setting SP.  The camera has no detachable lens and can sometimes be a pain to use... but its what i got so you use your tools to the best of your abilities!

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Helena Marais
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South Africa
There is no such think as great art, only AUTHENTIC art! Real art, come from the soul!

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The fifth annual Exposure Awards, Paris

Your photo has been selected for the second round of judging for Photographic Exposure Awards, in Paris!

It was entered, into the Animal Collection!

This is the best way to be woken up in the morning... years of hard work and taking thousands (yes thousands) of pictures is finally paying off.  Last year I did not make it to the 2nd round this year I finally have!!!

helena.see.me/exposure2015

please feel free to vote for me, every vote are much appreciated.

I am immensely grateful, for this!  I do enjoy sharing the beauty of the world that surround me with others...


This was the photo that got selected.... I took this on my Bushy xmas holiday with family....
Its very hard to photograph these animals as they are very wild and the moment the vehicle stop you have to be ready to get snapping, on the rare occasion they were nervous but standing long enough to switch my camera to continual shooting, focusing and letting it rip.  I think there is about 20 pictures and this one was so nicely timed!  Its not every day you get a pose like this.

This was taken with a Fuji Finepix S150 10.0 mega pixel camera on setting SP.  The camera has no detachable lens and can sometimes be a pain to use... but its what i got so you use your tools to the best of your abilities!

I have studied art since I was in grade school, then high school, my mother however did not want me to study Art after school, so I ended in finding a job.  For many years I still did art, crafts, drawing, and so on.... until I finally gave up on art in general, that was till 6 years ago....

I was introduced to digital art, as i wanted to make my own art for one of my children's books.  I have already published a book, but I  used another artist to give life to the Flea and his friends in the story.  Needless to say I have not even completed the 2nd story yet LOL... I will in due time

It was this year that I decided to quit my job, and get back to my true love which is art... so I used my savings and upgraded my pc and got myself a art screen you draw on a Yonovo.... that opened a whole new world, as well as a whole new world of learning O_O.

And i also took up a subscription with digital tutors.... yes its very expensive.... but I am learning sooo much small details I had trouble with.  They have learning paths that you can create that would add into it courses, that you take from low level and introduction to the more advanced stuff.... I have learned all the tools of Photoshop CS6 over the last 6 years so I can use my tool effectively, but I have trouble with dept perception, scene creation and the finer detail that round a painting form nice to wow...  So I am now learning my first path... Digital painting.

The path has 21 courses in total, and each course has about 10 to 15 lessons that is up to 2 hours long.... (breaks are advisable as i have done the fist 3 courses of the path and found myself narrating what I do in my head..... not cool....take breaks)

The list of trainers in this courses are spectacular, and most of the large game houses round the skill of their new recruits off with these courses, so I guess it what I need.

The trainers:  Kurt Jones; Eddie Russell; Danielle Lyer; Kelly Thompson; Alex Alvarado; Yashar Kassai; Ismall Wamala; Nate Halinan and Jonas De Ro, to name but a few...

I will say this I am learning derail I have not even thought of, and new techniques that I try to use, like the one I painted a leaf with I will defiantly need to use it more.... alsot he one I used for creating the Woogy-Wham creature I posted today.... before i would have left it in stage 1, now with the rounding of this courses, I am finally able to add the skin textures in a way to look realistic and not flat.

I am defiantly happy I took the time to study now, even if I barely have money to live on.... its worth all the hardship at this point...

I fell in love with digital art, because it gave me much more range, it opened a world of opportunity, and I am loving every minute of it....
Even the narrating everything I do is fun.... it does force me to take a day or so break from learning.

Maybe soon I can get my art up to better standards, and even me... since I find the more my art grow the more I grow....  LOL I also find I am less tolerant of others drama and freakouts..... their monkeys not mine...
A Woogy-whar (Semi-Aquatic Creature) Completed by Anuden
A Woogy-whar (Semi-Aquatic Creature) Completed
Well its completed.... now I need to finish the body, but for now you can get an Idea of what it looks like.  I finally decided on the colour then on a separate layer added the textures.  In the end I opted for rough paterned skin.

Don't be fooled by the whacky stupid expression, this thing is dangerous... but it does possess a very whacky nature. Playful and gentle with its own kind but very territorial and dangerous when provoked. Elemental magic.
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A Woogy-whar (Semi-Aquatic Creature) by Anuden
A Woogy-whar (Semi-Aquatic Creature)
A creature I am busy designing... I have it pretty much figured out.  This is the Basis with the idea and color laid down.... I prefer painting in grey on the body as at that stage I have not decided on the color for the skin... Fur or scales....

Don't be fooled by the whacky stupid expression, this thing is dangerous... but it does possess a very whacky nature. Playful and gentle with its own kind but very territorial and dangerous when provoked. Elemental magic.
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Andso Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Hi Helena, thanks for the great llama back to me big thanks for the fav and the watch!
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Anuden Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
pleasure
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neshirys Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Thank you for the watch! *^__^*

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Anuden Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Pleasure
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neshirys Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
:meow:
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pin100 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the watch!:happybounce: La la la la :happybounce:  I appreciate your support!Hug 
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Willi580 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thx for the watch  :).
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Arcturus-90 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the favourite, good luck! :)
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SelkisFritz Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the +fav !
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LorDeimos Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Thank you for :+devwatch: !   :happybounce: :woohoo: :squee: :woohoo: :happybounce:
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