I thought today I would post a little something different. This is a portrait I shot of my Mom and Dad’s dog, Freckles. After processing the RAW image in Photoshop I felt like it had a certain formality to it – like a painting. Using Photoshop’s brushes – which I prefer over Corel Painter now – I worked this photo into a digital painting. A lot of brush stroke detail is lost in the downscaling for web view. The original image is 4800×6000 pixels. This “Painting” was printed on archival canvas using a Large-Format 12 color, pigment-based ink printer. I finished the print with a brushed on clear coat that mimics the texture of a real painting. Stretched over canvas stretcher bars, the finished product is VERY convincing. It’s a bit time consuming but well worth it for creating cherished pieces of family art. Doesn’t hurt to have such a good looking dog either 😉
Here are a few others I’ve done in the past when I used to do it for income. Funny… I just realized I never did a painting of someone’s cat. I’ve done this with people, birds, dogs, landscapes, etc but no cats. Anywho. Enjoy!