photo realistic painting of Brora Beach
This is an old one that isn't available anywhere else.It was an exercise to see if I could get somewhere near to a realistic render.It took many hours and became rather tedious towards the end.The question I asked on completion was "was it worth it" I was pleased with the end product but why create a photo render of a photo?
Apart from the technical side I came to the conclusion that it is /was pretty pointless
anyway here it is hope some find it interesting There are some tedious vids available if anyone is interested and has nothing better to do than watch paint dry i will post links
this is the sketch
this the picture raw from the painting process
this is the picture after lighting adjustments to get the wet sand etc which isn't in the photo
this is an update done today adding a figure from another painting of mine
this is the original photo taken by me on brora beach
These are some details
this is close up painting
same view actual photo
split view painting above phot below
final brora beach3 (2)
brora beach lighting
brora detail 2
close up painting
close up photo
painting and photo
You've done an amazing job, and don't beat yourself up over the work you have done. Just remember that all great artists copy their paintings from real life subject matter!
Good job a lot of depth, looks good,Brora beach Scotland my 18th grand father was James Stewart,the black knight,Don
I seem to remember these Dave and its great to see them again and how much you have put into them. Great work.
I remember it too Dave and it is a wonderful work. Nothing wrong in copying reality, That's how you get things to look real. Just saying...
This is great. The challenge is in the painting and getting the depth of the original - which takes a good eye, skill, ability with the paint and the colours - all of which have much to recommend them. Are you familiar with Raymond Ching who commented he could not, no matter how he tried, paint anything else but totally precise and realistic paintings. His are just great. Lots of value in your work. So many artists do not get that depth into their paintings.
Excellent. I liked looking at each step, Dave.
cheers all ......no I wasn't familiar with Ching isla thanks
Excellent work! Thanks for sharing the progression.
Thanks Ken for looking and kind comment
I remember this Dave. The quality stuck with me.
Two reasons for doing a phote render of a photograph..
1) It adds to your skill set.
2) There is great potential in making a rough photo montarge and then making a photo realalistic painting from it. For example: You could get a photo of a running horse and use that as the main subject in your beach render.
The better you get at this sort of thing the less you need to rely on photo's and the more you can do free hand.
PS: Reason number 3) In terms of composition, there is alot of parallels between painting and photography, so just the act of taking photos can help improve your painting skills.
PPS: Reason number 4) Photography can get you out and about to places you would not normaly go too, or places that have be on you to do list for years
Reason number5) A photographer gets out and about taking photos, puts them on his/her computer and maybe print of a few, but
get all of that plus get to make something
new/never before seen
out of the photos.
So go out to cool places, take some cool photos, and paint coll pictures !!! And
doubt your abilities or your
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