Liberty Bell (Philadelphia Travel Series)

Continuing on my travel series, this design features the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA. I almost didn’t stop to take any photos of the bell. I walked by heading to straight to Independence Hall. I stopped and looked back at the building. I then thought, what would be a travel series in Philadelphia, without going to the Liberty Bell? I walked back and went inside the building. I was really surprised by how dark the building was inside. Definitely not what I was expecting. I haven’t seen the Liberty Bell since I was very little. When I reached the bell, there were three people surrounding the bell and taking pictures. Two were standing in front of the bell and I could only take pictures on the right. I took about five shots, all at different camera settings, to help with the light. The sun was coming through a little bit. You can clearly see Independence Hall through the glass window. It would have been a great shot if I was in front of the bell and if there was more light inside of the building. I almost felt like I was in a cave.

I was excited yet nervous to work on this design. I knew the lighting was going to be difficult. I also knew it would be hard to work with the crack. I could barely see it inside in the building. I wanted to work with lighter colors to lighten up the room. I also wanted the bell to be in the spotlight. I worked a lot with yellow and white. I created a small shadow effect by blending another bell in the background. I also played around with the background by texturing the Liberty Bell with different effects. I hope you can see the textures used in this design.

I made five variations. I will post several variations on google plus. 4 out of 5 focus primarily on blue and yellow. The fifth one is very dark. It has lots of black, dark blue, and white. I was thinking about deleting it but I will feature the design in the upcoming album.

One thing I’m trying to do is visualize what the design looks like before I started working on it. Sometimes I go in a different direction but I believe I hit the mark with this one. I would like to travel to many destinations and put my own spin on nature. I do hope you like this design. I had fun making it.

  • Time to create: 3+ Hours
  • Tools: A Photo of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA and Paintshop Pro
  • Song in video: The Great by Broke For Free

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