Mary Lyons

A unique Photoshop / Illustration technique.

Flower Empath – Book Commissioned by – Mary Lyons – Canberra – 2020 -2021

This is the second book that has helped Mary Lyons establish herself as a Poet and Photographer. This latest piece takes her creativity one step further with custom made illustrations that help tie her ideas together by combining the photography and poems into one vision.

With some direction from Mary, but with a refreshing amount of creative freedom I was able to develop this new style of illustration by using her existing imagery and turning it into something else. The idea we ended up combines illustration on one spread and then the supporting photos on the next. From the examples, you can see how we’ve made every 2 spreads tie together with a poetic theme such as ‘Quantum Surfing’ or  ‘The Secret Spring’.

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Photoshop Illustration by Stuart Flynn - Canberra Photographer Mary Lyons
Photoshop Illustration by Stuart Flynn - Canberra Photographer Mary Lyons
Photoshop Illustration by Stuart Flynn - Canberra Photographer Mary Lyons
Photoshop Illustration by Stuart Flynn - Canberra Photographer Mary Lyons

As shown in some of these examples, a macro image of a flower could become a mountain, a wave, volcano or a cloud allowing integration between the poems and the images. I think this was a unique way of interpreting the macroscopic world of flowers within the more commonly observed world of nature and I’m quite proud of what we were able to produce together.

Photoshop Illustration by Stuart Flynn - Canberra Photographer Mary Lyons
Photoshop Illustration by Stuart Flynn - Canberra Photographer Mary Lyons

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