Nightmare Project

JoshuaTree's picture

This is a project I did for a Computer Graphics Class last year as a Junior in High School. The task was to effectively illustrate a nightmare using Photoshop. I also added a little branding to it and scaled it to desktop size. It was originally about paper sized (7.5in x 10in) at 300 dpi. So how did I do? All comments are welcome. Don't forget to view it at full resolution so you can see the details.

--Updated on May 6th 2005--

mrbuhyah's picture

Nuke the Whales

For some reasons, the Nuke the Whales poster just came to mind (Simpsons) hehe don't mind me.

You did a good job. Only thing i would change are those 'blinding' light streaks. They look more heavenly then anything. Like an angel delivered the nuke.

Ron Gallagher
Citrus Studios

pokie's picture

Holy CRAP! That is freaking

Holy CRAP! That is freaking awesome!

p.s. yeah, I was thinking heaven sent the bomb (or whatever) too.

zwei's picture

Tripping Daisy

Jesus hits like an atomic bomb ;)

PIMPTRIX's picture

WOW... Really nice work! If

WOW... Really nice work! If I had a big graphic agency, I'd hire you on the spot. Definitely something nice to keep in your portfolio!
"Life is a dream in which you don't remember fallig asleep or waking up. Make the dream worth dreaming, don't just sleep in the idea of waking up." - PIMPTRIX

thornysarus's picture

Oops... Sorry.

For a second there, I thought you were describing my last project!

Uh... "Nightmare Project," I thought you meant... Oh, nevermind. :)

Good work by the way.

Terry Thornhill

e-zign Design Group

JoshuaTree's picture


Actually, if you look closely at the full resolution image you can see that there is an evil face inside of the explosion. When I was making this project originally I was thinking of the explosion as having more of an apocalyptic feel. Almost like the scene in Terminator 2 when the woman is in the playground and the explosion goes off nearby killing everyone instantly. But I suppose a death sentence from heaven kind of works as well.

I appreciate the good comments, but can anyone think of a way to make it look less holy and more terrifying?

- JoshuaTree

pokie's picture

Make it not white.

Make it not white.

Ivan's picture

I can only suggest one thing...

Lose the nice green colors. That with the rays of light makes it a very positive feeling. Make everything red and desaturated grey.

JoshuaTree's picture


I've made a few changes that were requested. I lost all of the green and replaced it with other colors that were pulled from elsewhere in the project. I also made a good portion of the light rays black. How does it look now?

- JoshuaTree

PIMPTRIX's picture

Now it looks more like a

Now it looks more like a nightmare. Although, I liked it with the green way better. It showed the purity of nature that was going to be destroyed within a fraction of a second. The way it is now, that purity is already destroyed and the whole picture has a dark feel to it.

I liked it better with the contrast between the natural green and the destructive darkness.
"Life is a dream in which you don't remember fallig asleep or waking up. Make the dream worth dreaming, don't just sleep in the idea of waking up." - PIMPTRIX

functioncreep's picture

High School is a LOT different these days.

I remember getting to use the computers for 1 day! But it was Catholic School - not known for it's Arts Dept.

Very exciting. Keep it up and don't forget to INTERN in college!!

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