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Creating oil-effect paintings - Lack any kind of artistic ability but want to create oil-painting style portraits? You’ve come to the right place as talent-free Duncan Evans explains.
It would be great to be able to pick up a canvas, throw on some paint and sell it for a couple of million quid. However, my painting ability stretches as far as doing the front room in magnolia, and that's about it. Thank goodness then for the wonders of digital imaging, where any talent less wannabee artist can rustle up a half convincing effort in less time than it takes to unpack all the brushes, pour paint onto the palette and wear nothing but a white smock. All you need is a photo and an image editing program that supports layers and has some kind of artist-like brush facility. For this tutorial I'm using Photoshop CS3 and the Art History brush.
IMAGES AND DOWNLOADS
The screengrabs have been resized for the web page display. Just click on them to see the full size grab. You can also listen to the tutorial on the move, or while you are trying it out on your computer. Yes, just download the Podcast now! It's 4.75Mb in size. Right-click on it and Save Target As to save to your computer. If you left-click on it then it will start playing directly.
THE ORIGINAL IMAGE
The original image was a dead loss. It's out of focus and highlights on the white outfit have burnt out. Happily though, none of these things matter because the composition and subject are both fine for this kind of project. If doing a portrait, look for a photo with either a plain background or one that is out-of-focus.
|4. Keep the same brush and now paint all around the figure, where the background is adjacent to it. Then increase the brush size to 75 and the Area to 75 and rapidly paint in the rest of the background.|
Here's the final image, with the paint and canvas effects. You can download the high res version for a close up look.