Converting a photo into painting using Photoshop kind of reminds me of painting by numbers but just not as simple. I discovered that when painting a photograph, you still need to use artistic skills such as: understanding about shading, lighting, use correct brush size, blending technique etc. Though, painting with a mouse is a lot cleaner than the traditional way — I don’t need more studio space than my computer screen, no nasty chemicals or mess to clean up — for some reason it lacks the personal satisfaction I get when using real paint on canvas.
The thing about playing with PS filters — it’s addicting. There are hundreds of possibilities and combinations. The idea of making the flower look more 3 dimensional came to mind. After some trial and error, I think this came close to looking like a 3D plastic flower. This was achieved using the plastic wrap filter.
While we are on the subject of PS/digital painting and techniques, here is a digital painting done by a fellow blogger/artist, Val Erde of Absurd Old Bird. I thought I would post it to show other digital painting styles. Val’s artwork is amazingly beautiful and full of life. Her stories are humorous and thought-provoking. Anyway, she created this beautiful painting, temporary titled “Do The Funky Duck” as a gift for her readers. You can download it from her blog for personal use. Just make sure to give her credit or link it back to her if you use it for your blog.