A Witch, a Vampire, and a Skullhead

That’s what to you get when you combine good friends, a photo, and PicMonkey.  I was going to save this for Halloween, but I have to share the creepy now!

Deadly Sisters

Halfway through a scrapbooking* weekend with two of my close girlfriends, we took this picture.  I’d been dying to try out the Halloween effects on PicMonkey, which is an online picture editing tool.  (It’s free, but they have special royal effects that are free for a limited period of time.)

The site is super easy to use.  (Thanks to Kristen Lamb for telling me about it!)  Just upload your pictures and start playing.

Deadly Witch: Werewolf Fighter

The witch (Rachel) needed a gray complexion, pock marks, and witchy eyes.  (I love the eye effects!)  Black hair and a gray streak finished the look. Uh, no.  Something was missing.  In the standard editing area, we found the perfect lip color (make the color as subtle, or not as you want).  Something was still missing.  I tried a Frankenstein-type scar across her forehead, but then she suggested that this witch had a fight with a werewolf (and won, by the way).  The clawed scar over her eye was the perfect touch.

Deadly Vampire: Neck Biter

With a smile like that, Shannon had to be a vampire.  Have some fangs, sister, to go with that well-fed complexion and the brilliant eyes.  The fangs were the hardest to get right.  Nothing cutesy here. Don’t you think the veins add just the right touch?

Deadly Skullhead: Death Bringer

The Day of the Dead settings looked too fun not to use them on my own face.  I tried to make myself purple (seriously, you can pick any color!), but I didn’t look deadly at all.  Shannon nixed the purple right away because I looked cute–if a purple skullhead person can look not scary.  A pale gray complexion replaced the red one that replaced the original purple one.  I learned about layers and how the undo option works. You can’t undo an area after you move on to another area without undo-ing each step in between.  I promise that my hair isn’t really that gray.  A few pale veins on the bone complexion made the effect deeper.  Don’t you just want to smile back at me?

Happy Halloween

That’s my Halloween costume this year–right there in that picture.  It was a fun weekend with two of my close friends (I have more traveling stories about these two) and our friend Deb, who joined us briefly but left before I thought about this picture.

As I saved the photo, Rachel asked, “Is this going on your blog?”

Mwhahahahahaha!  Of course it is.  No way was I going to spend that much time on a photo and then not share it.  It was my evil plan the second we took the picture.  <evil grin>

*Scrapbooking at a fabulous crafters bed and breakfast doesn’t mean I have to scrapbook.  🙂 It’s just easier to tell people that’s where I’m going.

And now for my #ROW80 Update:

  • Need to work on the back garden beds to get ready for more planting.  It was too cold this weekend.
  • Work out and eat better.  Food does not define me, especially after two weekends away.
  • After a glorious weekend of research, I have rearranged my middle grade WIP outline and written 5k words.  Now, time to finish the draft (perhaps a mini NaNoWriMo?).
  • Blogging class and logline class are in full swing (WANA International).  Homework is progressing. 🙂
 
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13 thoughts on “A Witch, a Vampire, and a Skullhead

  1. Jennifer Jensen (@jenjensen2)

    Wow – that’s fantastic! I’ve only used PicMonkey once, to join 3 photos into one panel. I had NO IDEA you could change skin tone and such. Love the veins! Hmm, I need to schedule some serious playtime with this, but when? Maybe I”ll ignore the trick-or-treaters at the door Wednesday – mwahaha!

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    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      Oh, it will suck you in, and you will lose an hour in the blink of an eye. Those trick-or-treaters will keep knocking. Leave a bowl of candy outside your door. LOL.

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  2. rcahill111

    I love the creepy look getting into the fun side of All Hallows Eve. I showed it to my kids and they did not like it all, neither did DH. I think it freaked them all out a bit! LOL

    It was a blast doing this and trying to make ourselves look creepy, not cute. Thanks for doing it.
    Great weekend away and the photo is too fun!!!

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    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      LOL. I guess that means you are not allowed to dress creepy for Halloween ever. My kids thought it was weird, but cool.

      It was really fun putting that together! Thanks for being such a good sport about it. :-*

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  3. lynnkelleyauthor

    That photo looks great! Of course you had to post it on your blog! That’s what cray writer bloggers do! Hahaha! I need to learn how to do the layering. One of these days…

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