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Across The River


Across The River

This was inspired by Let's Play The Similar, But Different Game!, hosted by ManipulateThis.

I selected the piece The Only Way is Up, by cazcastalla, because of the Escher like stairs. It made me think of a "Stairway to Paradise", which made me wonder where the stairs went.

This led to making three (3) changes, from the original: making the foyer, at the bottom of the staircases, a river;

Then, opening the archways in the original stock images, making them portals to different destinations;

And, adding a second tier of arches, at the top of the stairs, which in the original disappear into the clouds.

The models were then put into the boat (Some of the original models were not available.); so, a woman and child in similar poses were used;

Then, the toys, mannequins, and clocks floated in the river, Lethe (the Underworld river of Forgetfulness and Lost Dreams); which were floating in the air, in the original;

And, scenes of different locations were added behind the arches, as destinations;

The model for Charon uses a different pose, in the same series from the original; since, in the original, he’s sitting on his haunches; and, wouldn’t fit in the boat.

The Concierge/ Receptionist, was added, after finding a model with the same mask and costume colour, as Charon, who is piloting the boat; she has wings, which were on the boat, in the original.

Where will they go, if they can go anywhere, or any time, in the universe, after crossing the river, and climbing the steps?


Thanks to cazcastalla and ManipulateThis for this interesting challenge,

And, to all the Stock Artists-


(The Stock Resources originally used in The Only Way is Up, by cazcastalla, are denoted by an asterix- *) 


Charon: Gothique Romanticism IV, by Aegean-Prince*(Replacing from the same series) The Enticer 5, by Aegean-Prince*

Wings: white angel 02, by elisafox-stock

The Storyteller: Chapter 7, by Aegean-Prince(Part of series originally used.)

And boat- STOCK PNG fantasy boat, by MaureenOlder*

The Receptionist/ Concierge:

Lucy Remixed - 25, by mjranum-stock (Model: miss-moshAnd, White Zentai - W - 21, by mjranum-stock

STOCK PNG wings set1, by MaureenOlder*

And, cat- Black Cat, by Cynnalia-Stock*

Woman: White Zentai - W - 21, by mjranum-stock(Original stock was unavailable)


Clown 10, by gsdark-stock*

Girl Stock 3, by BirdsistersStock* (Original stock was unavailable)

And, balloons- STOCK PNG red balloon, by MaureenOlder*


more stairs, by mimose-stock*

stairs, by PhoeebStock*

Mehrunnisa-stock257, by Mehrunnisa-stock*

Mehrunnisa-stock411, by Mehrunnisa-stock*

Places 046 stairs, by Dreamcatcher-stock*

Places 301 Abbey ruin, by Dreamcatcher-stock*

stairs I, by mimose-stock*

Concrete Texture, by SuperStar-Stock*

Gothique Romanticism IV, by Aegean-Prince*

Sunny Old Bridge STOCK, by JessicaDobbs

Steps, by TinaLouiseUk

Balcony, by TinaLouiseUk

Pillars and lamps, Prize Pack, from Mom-EsPeace

Fire 2 [PNG], by IvaxXx

Fire [PNG], by IvaxXx

STOCK PNG white smoke, by MaureenOlder

River Lethe, with Flotsam and Jetsam:

WATER 2, by Moonglowlilly

Water Splash 3, by Moonglowlilly

River stock 3, by Aqua-Stock

Mara river stock 4, by Aqua-Stock

Antique Jack-in-a-Box, by Falln-Stock*

Good Ole Brooks Drive, by KnK-stock*

3D Mech-Anna, by zememz*

Clock Face, by tia-stock*

Clock Stock 005, by clockstock*

Diploma, by MarcShort

old europe map, by hanciong

SteamPunk Plane 2 png, by mysticmorning*

Nostradamus, by YBsilon-Stock

Clocks set, by YBsilon-Stock


Sunset-Stock, by MissyStock*

Cannon Beach 2 Stock, by Alegion-stock*

heavenly sky stock, by ClarabellafaireStock*

Cave Stock 3, by BirdsistersStock

Forest Stock 098, by Malleni-Stock

Waterfall Stock 20, by Malleni-Stock

Celestial Background 36, by FrostBo

Sunflower Stock 29, by Malleni-Stock

Sunflowers Path by CD-STOCK, by CD-STOCK

Farmhouse, by YBsilon-Stock

Watery Beginnings, by Elandria

pond,by Betelgeza

Cloudy Sky STOCK PACK, by adoreluna

stock 743, by sophiaastock

Grand Canyon Stock 5, by GloomWriter

Grand Canyon Stock 1, by GloomWriter

Sunrise Field, by rachellafranchistock

Cornfields, by YBsilon-Stock

The cave - Premade BG, by HermitCrabStock

Fairy Bower 03 UNRESTRICTED, by Elandria

Lake 01, by CD-STOCK

Ocean Stock 7
, by prints-of-stock

Menhir CD-STOCK Contest Donation Premium Stock, by CD-STOCK

Sardinia Stock 05
, by Malleni-Stock

apple tree
, by LongStock

Sunflower Stock 29, by Malleni-Stock

Sunflowers Path by CD-STOCK, by CD-STOCK

It seemed a shame that Charon didn't have a leg to stand on. (Oops. It's okay, now.)


[1] Charon, in Greek mythology, pilots the ferry, which carries souls of the newly deceased . 

[2] The River Lethe, in Greek mythology, is one of the five rivers of the underworld of Hades, lethe  means "forgetfulness".1]

[3] A transport hub, or interchange, is where passengers are moved from different vehicles or transport modes

[4] The Wood between the Worlds is a pond-filled forest in The Magician's Nephew (1955), by C. S. Lewis. Each pond is a portal to another world.

[5] Jacob's Ladder is a stairway to heaven, in the Book of Genesis, Genesis 28:10-19 , between mortal and angelic realms.

[6] Escher (1898 –1972) was a Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically inspiredlithographs.

His work features impossible objects, exploring  infinitysymmetryperspective, and tessellations.


Wonder where they would go if they could go anywhere, or any when. Maybe, it would be a good idea to call ahead to the Concierge.
Listening to:

-Skylar Grey - Coming Home (Lyric video)

-Scandal DEPARTURE live English subs

- Georges Guétary - I'll build a stairway to paradise

Liner Notes:

[1] "Coming Home"  by Diddy  (2010), written by Jermaine Cole, Diddy, Jay-ZAlex da Kid and Skylar Grey.

Autobiographical, "Coming Home" was inspired by the loss of Diddy’s close friend, The Notorious B.I.G.

 [2] “Departure” is from Hello World, the sixth album by Japanese pop rock band, Scandal, released  2014.[1]  

[3] "Stairway to Paradise" composed by George Gershwin, performed in 1951's  An American in Paris by Georges Guétary.


So, with Pandora RelentsSelene and Eosand Persephone Awakes, that concludes this tour of the Underworld, in Greek Mythology.

That was interesting. As the saying goes, Travel broadens the mind. -Looks like a nice place to visit.

Keep your cool. 


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Aqua-Stock's avatar
Thank you for using my stock! Hug 
Can-Cat's avatar
Thank you.  Blush 
cazcastalla's avatar
I love what you have done - I am very impressed by the lack of limitation on imagination from everyone who has used this for the challenge. Really well done... and such a lot of stock you have used! :iconthumbsupplz:
Can-Cat's avatar
Thanks.  There were a lot of interesting variations. :thanks:
Dreamcatcher-stock's avatar
Nice job :)
Thank you so much for letting my stock be a part of this :heart: :thanks:
Can-Cat's avatar
Thank you. Thanks for everything!   It's interesting to see how others use your stock images, too, On the Look-Out - 13 NaNoEmo #10  in your Stock Use Feature
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Can-Cat's avatar
thank you  :D (Big Grin) 
CD-STOCK's avatar
Most welcome :heart:
TinaLouiseUk's avatar
Awesome job! Thank you so much for using my stock :) x
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 thnk u Runaway Heart 
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This is a very adventurous endeavor!

Just a little warning; sometimes less is more...I think you know what I mean. ;)

It's good to be excited about what you're doing, but don't forget to think of the aesthetics of fine art and take your time to consider your composition (the story your image is telling) early in the planning stage, and try not to go over board.

Just some advice, okay? :)

If you ever have direct questions, never hesitate to ask.  In the meantime, take a look at this walkthrough I wrote on some basics about art elements and basic composition.  Should be helpful (lots of samples):
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This is one of our "About" Lessons; a series of  journals about Photomanipulation, about Art, and about being an Artist.  These journals exist to help you, the Photomanipulator, be a better artist.  After all, we are artist who use Photomanipulation as our media, but to create great art, we must know what we're doing.  Also, I want our group members to be educated in using the appropriate language.

This "About" Lesson covers the definitions of terms you should be familiar with as an artist: Design, Scene, and the Elements and Principles of Design with examples. 

Over the years I have found that many people join deviant art to participate as a Photomanipulator, but do not know difference between a "design" and a "scene".  Knowing the difference is an important one, not only for the group, but for you as an artist.  There have been time when I've asked for a "design" challenge entry that some members w
Can-Cat's avatar
Thanks for the tips and the link.
Ya, a plan. That's probably a good idea. (Believe it, or not, there was one. But, it seems to have gotten away from me.)
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