this looked quite natural and flowed through seamlessly. Now was the time to add in the ninja. The perfect place to set him down was on the bench. At this time I also added the moon which would house the clock. This was done because I thought it was a fitting place to be and that ninjas are one with time and are capable of manipulating it.
I have added snow splatters up from the ninjas feet hand and knee to show him landing on the bench from jumping onto it. The grindstone was next to enter the picture. I could not just add this alone, and decided to add a sword. This was to show that the ninja had more than the sword in his hand.
All that was left to do now was to tie them together and get a natural feel. This was achieved by brightness/contrast editing. This enabled me to add shadows and light flecks on the ninja, swore, grindstone, tree and bench. After this was added i thought it might be cool to add a dead bird to the ninjas knife to give the image some meaning. So the whole picture is capturing the moment when the ninja has just killed the bird. The bird had to be duplicated and separated to give the effect that the knife was going through it. As well as this blood was added to create realism.
This is the final image i produced. I was fairly pleased with the outcome. Not as nice a composition as the first i feel but still decent enough.
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