I am so accustomed to using Photoshop for digital painting, this was an interesting change of pace. I learned some new tricks and tips here that I now apply to my digital paintings!
The purpose of this project was “paint” a picture using a collage of photographs. I wrote down a few words that would serve as overarching themes and guidelines for me as I sketched out possible compositions. This final composite came from the themes – “Whimsy,” and “Contrasting Scale.” As an undergrad, I did research with a passionate ornithologist who got me into birding. This was created in light of my enjoyment and love for birds. 😀
First, I placed the collected images in a general layout. I scaled and edited each photograph to fit the scene.
Then I began manipulating the image with blend modes and scanned textures.
I changed the scale of the child and the birds and began integrating the birds more into the scene with painted shadows and masks. I also started orienting the birds so that some of them were facing the birder.
I have a strong propensity towards warm hues as you can tell in the previous image haha. So I scaled back the warmth here, added binoculars and a scan of my Peterson’s bird book to tuck under the child’s arm.
The final image is below!
Every image here is open source except for the tree. Credit for the tree image goes to Louis Dallara. Thanks for looking!