Otherworld Inspiration: A Gnome for Lauralynn

My friend Lauralynn Elliott is working on a supernatural horror story that features a garden gnome come to life. I’m totally intrigued, and can’t wait to read the story. It also reminded me of a picture my friend Kate Bateman — the source of my Otherworld Inspiration series of pictures — sent me after our walk last fall in Portland’s Forest Park. 

At the time, I just put this picture in a folder, partly because I needed to ask Kate to tell me more about how she did it. I had trouble telling if it was a photo or a drawing, which is a cool effect, but kind of hard to talk about on my blog!

So I asked Kate how she came up with this gnome picture, and here is what she told me. “I did take the mushroom pic when we went on our nature hike. I added the gnome thing to it which I found online. It was a picture of a creepy clay gnome baby, so I blacked out its eyes and manipulated the face/body to make it look even more evil. Then just to get a consistent texture, I think I posterized the image, which can make it look like a drawing.” Do you get a sense from this what a cool chick Kate is? I love hanging with her, she is so inspiring! 

I hope you enjoyed today’s dose of Otherworld Inspiration. You can check out other pictures from this series on the Otherworld Inspiration tab of my blog.

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit jrpearsenelson.com.

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