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Old 06-25-2004, 01:04 PM
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Photoreal techniques

Do you have any photorealistic painting techniques? If there's enough interest I'll start a new subforum.
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Old 07-01-2004, 06:03 PM
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Do you mean making photorealistic images from scratch or from photos? I myself vote for either.

I don't have any techniques to contribute yet... but an observation. I came to this forum from the WetPaint forums. There I mainly hung out at the airbrush forum. I am a relative newbie to both airbrush and photo manipulation having used them for things other than fine art. Having recently purchased a large number of restored antique digitalized photos with the intention of printing them and hand tinting them, I have sought techniques and now see that hand tinting may be a thing of the past. Don't get me wrong, it probably has its place for historical restoration or for demanding a higher price, but how many consumers could really tell the difference.

There are many fine photorealists at WetPaint. There many talented manipulators of images here. It's interesting that one discipline tries to imitate the other. It was a little ironic that when I started getting into the forums here people are trying to turn perfectly fine images into surrealism or pen & ink while on the other site people were trying to go the opposite direction. I can appreciate both goals.

And then the age old question of "What is art?" always comes up.

I myself just like all the "purty pictures".

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Old 07-01-2004, 11:24 PM
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Like Kent, I'd like to read more about what you had in mind or see examples.

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Old 07-01-2004, 11:35 PM
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When I think of photorealistic paintings, I think of Bert Monroy. He uses Illustrator and Photoshop to create (by hand) and photorealistic interpretation of a scene. IOW, he does not start with a photo. He starts with a blank screen.
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Old 07-02-2004, 08:29 AM
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Monroy is an excellent example. Starting with a blank page or adding to an existing photo, it doesn't matter. I'm simply wondering about techniques to create or add photo-realistic features.

Rain, shadows, textures, 3d items, it's all fair game, as long as it looks real and isn't from a traditional 3d app (like Bryce, etc.). Especially Photoshop techniques, but not limited to.
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