Paintography & Digital Paintings - Step-by-Step Demos
Oil Sketch in Green and Pink
Painted in virtual oil paint with ArtRage on the iPad.
ArtRage has been around now for several years, and is a very strong multiple media simulation program. I especially like the oil paint. The iPad version is an excellent adaptation, although it is still very low resolution.
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Phase one: composition and basics:
Phase two: making textures & variations:
Camera 360 - iPhone only
Phase three: layering and painting:
Phase four: fine tuning.
Each piece of art, digital or traditional, always starts with the basics. For a photo-based piece such as this I start by removing any unwanted elements such as bits of trash or distracting spots. Then the value range needs to be adjusted (leveling) and any color adjustments need to be made. Finally, I crop or stretch or compress or re-arrange or otherwise adjust the composition. It is much easier to do all this in the early stages than to have to change each layer one by one.
The next step is to make a number of variations and textures to work with. For this step, I ususally go to my iPad, to use the many speciallized apps. Although there are many effects I can only get there, they are often restricted to smaller resolutions. This is not such a problem for me, since I'm after a painterly look, but it does add some extra steps. For this image I made a dozen or so variations.
After contemplating the pieces and determining what direction to go, I chose these six variations to layer, plus a texture I made some time ago of charcoal strokes. For the layering and blending phase, the "painting", there is good control with the blending mode in iColorama and Blender on the iPad, and of course Photoshop on the desktop.
The Fine Tuning...
When all the layers had contributed their part, I flattened the image and did the fine-tuning.
I warmed up the bricks, lightened some areas, darkened others, emphasized a few things, de-emphasized others. I tend to get too involved at this stage, and most of the effects are pretty subtle, but the overall effect is good.