View Full Version : The Trio -- How it was created

03-16-2011, 02:05 PM
I used my basic approach for this one, but added some steps and jumped between Photoshop, Art Rage and Painter a number of times. Along the way I kept some of the intermediate images and thought some might find it interesting to see them.

From Top Left to right

1. Screen cap of a frame from a video of Wes Montgomery

2. Arranged in Photoshop with a bassist drummer photos

3. Tweaking the arrangement according to the Golden Section

4 through 9. Colorized variations for compositing

10. Composite is brought into Art Rage and a rough underpainting version is created using pallet knife, pastels, oils and inks.

11. Tracing made from original photo composite used to help adjust details and maintain original layout

12. Image is brought into Painter Essentials and auto painted using oil and modern colors settings

13. Auto painting and Art Rage versions are blended using 50% transparency overlay, flattened and image is smoothed using blend pallet knife. Ink outlines added to define edges of some objects. Frosted pallet knfe is used on backgrounds to "rough them up" a bit

14. Painting is brought back into Photoshop and Photoshop pastel brush is used to add gritty pastel embellishments to figures and background.

A larger version of this image can be found here:

http://www.alkratzer.com/Trio StepsLG.jpg

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03-16-2011, 02:34 PM
Thanks AL good to see how got to the fin always a help when shown thanks

03-16-2011, 09:24 PM
What a fascinating procedure and brilliant idea to provide movement in addition to gorgeous colors to Your artpieces.
Thank for sharing Your little secret among the few thousands of us ...;):D
Don't worry, there's a particular built-in artistic sensitivity and talent You've got that is impossible to be captured and duplicated anyway. :)

03-16-2011, 11:29 PM
Always a delight to see your paintings AL and thanks for the demo:)

03-17-2011, 03:16 AM
This is fantastic Al. Thank you for sharing.

03-17-2011, 07:41 AM
Wes, one of the best ... Congratulations Al, clever:eek:... brilliant technique.

03-17-2011, 07:56 AM
Wes, one of the best ... Congratulations Al, clever:eek:... brilliant technique.

Agree with Lima. Thanks for sharing;)

03-17-2011, 07:48 PM
agree with Silvy and Oriane. wonderful pic and thanks for sharing your process. great to see how you got there.

03-17-2011, 08:13 PM
Fascinating! What a fabulous effect!:D

03-18-2011, 09:22 AM
Thanks for the sneak peek. I keep forgetting about the Golden Section. I see you lined up the Bass player to fit that. I don't know if I'd have ever thought of doing that but it's a great idea!