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Thread: Photos to Digital Paintings to Acrylics

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    Photos to Digital Paintings to Acrylics

    I've been meaning to demonstrate one of the ways I use (or abuse) photos as references for my work. This tutorial is mostly about how I transform a Black and White image into a brightly colored painting.

    This is a continuation of a few threads, Eddie's brilliant AR to traditional journey post, My own demo of a violin done as a photo manipulation/painting and AR work, and it is also the third installment of my posts on the development of style that I never got around to finishing.

    (Quick recap: The development of style post postulated that three things went into making your style -- what you like, what you want to say and how you work. This post will demonstrate how my own work with photos and video has influenced my style)

    I've been using a combination of video/photo images as a jumping off point for my physical paintings since the mid 1970s At that time I was given a polaroid camera and began taking pictures of the television with it. I discovered that these pictures were much more interesting if I cranked up the colors on the TV set, and I then started doing paintings from these pictures. The first image is a painting of Monroe done in 1977 using this method. Poloroid on left, painting on right.

    Over time I learned to "see" in cranked up colors and could paint from a regular photo or from life and make the translation to my garish pallet on the fly.

    With the arrival of computers I was able to move beyond the random chance associated with shooting the TV and start to deliberately develop methods to manipulate color using Photoshop/Painter/etc.

    Along the way I developed the following method to turn a Black and White image into an image that would become the basis of an acrylic painting. The second image shows the starting B&W, the photo manipulation and the final painting. Most of this was done originally in Photoshop, but I have translated it into a "How to" for ArtRage.
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    Thankyou alkratzer. Definitely a post to bookmark!
    If I were marooned on a desert island, please air drop me a copy of Artrage 5.0! (Plus a laptop and solar panel)


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    Al, fantastico. Very informative and full of creativity. Very good. You're a teacher.

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    Yes and no, I agree that we can find inspiration for a painting even in the
    already done images and your tutorial is very good for your technique that you show, still, you have to consider that it can be also other ways to do it,
    with different results.
    "All are about quiet and light." Dany
    Daily Studio Notes , Daniela Ionesco-Fine Art

    I accept critics only from friends,
    how about You ?

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    Innovative.. and original... Love the results....

    Thanks for sharing...

    Ken

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    Great tut Thanks Al
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