Whither away so early, Little Red Riding Hood?

In my telling of Little Red Riding Hood, which I call The Red Cloak, the lass has a look in her eye that could be just as wily as that of the wolf though perhaps with a touch of sadness.

I began with a 16 x 16 inch blank layer and placed a woodland background on top, stretching it to fit.


I then layered the three major elements-the wolf, the girl, and the moon-on top of that.  The wolf was on an orange background, so I masked that out, kept the opacity to 100% and blended him in multiply mode.  Then I added a reddish outer glow. 



The image of the girl was overlaid with a watercolor filter before I placed her at 90% opacity and a normal blend in the lower right corner, and the moon was masked out from an image of various moon phases and was set to 90% opacity and a hard light blend. 



To finish the piece I used a paper that I have used before and that I love for its oil paint texture along with a pink textured paper paper.  The first was set to 85% opacity and multiply mode, and the second set at 100% opacity and soft light mode.


The finished piece:


Here is the PS panel that shows more detail.


And where might your grandmother live?

Happy trails.  Thanks for stopping by!




14 responses to “Whither away so early, Little Red Riding Hood?

  1. Katherine LaMere-Fortman

    Terrific Debbie . . . interesting technique.

  2. I love it!! Beautiful work! So much interpretation in such a little fairy tale! (I have always loved the company of wolves!)

  3. Yes, she does have a very knowing look. Perhaps the wolf will think better of his mischief!

  4. A wonderful price with great atmosphere, congrats!

  5. FINALLY got around to reading this post! Very fascinating! Also an excellent way to document your process for future replication. Well done, Sister!

  6. Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing. Have a happy Easter!

  7. I love the finished collaged image! Thank you for sharing the process with us! Have a great day!

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