Getting Creative with Digital Painting

July 31, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Flexing My Digital Paint Muscles

I'd admit when I first starting shooting, I thought the art occurred behind the lens and not in the darkroom, especially not in the digital darkroom. Well, I am so glad I shifted on that, because my art has really opened up and my creativity knows no bounds. I am currently dabbling in creating composites and realizing my vision of art & photo realism photography. Keeping the lid on it for now as I don't want any spoilers.

Photoshop Filters Opening Up Creativity

Yesterday, 7/29/2021, our local TV station KHOU tweeted about a thunderstorm that was happening south of Houston. I decided to be cheeky and say it is sunny, blue skies with white fluffy clouds. Well it was when I looked out my office window. As it is now, just a beautiful summer day. As it tends to happen in areas along the Gulf Coast, the weather quickly changed. I heard the rolling thunder, but no change in weather and decided to grab my camera and my H2n zoom microphone. I attached the mic to the camera, screwed on my 70-200mm lens and headed out to the backyard. It was perfect, the wind was blowing, the clouds rolling to the north, birds were fleeing to the north, or taking advantage of the tail wind, and the thunder was rolling.

I shot some shaky hand held footage. No time to grab the tripod and it get ready, it would be pouring by the time I got outside. Actually, I really need to build a photo blind in my backyard, but that is a story for another day. I uploaded this shaky footage to YouTube, but I had fun creating it, so no shade please 🙃.

My biggest challenge when shooting footage is shutting up. I find myself narrating when I should be capturing ambient sound. I am really happy with the sound captured in this footage.

Image from Video

So I snagged a frame from this video and had fun playing with the old Pixel Blender set of filters in Photoshop. Here are a few digital paintings I created:

Fisheye Filter: With this filter you create a fisheye effect on a certain portion of the image. It was quite fun to play with.

Fisheye Storm CloudsFisheye Storm CloudsUsing the fisheye filter on storm clouds captured during a SE Texas July thunderstorm.

Oil Paint Filter: You can create thick lush paint strokes or fine paint strokes. I decided to make these strokes more on the finer side.

Oil Paint Storm CloudsOil Paint Storm CloudsUsing the oil paint filter on storm clouds captured during a SE Texas July thunderstorm.

Ripple Blocks Filter: I can see using this in some parts of images and certainly for creating textures for composites. I am also sure I have seen art like this hanging in restaurants and in businesses.

Ripple Blocks Storm CloudsRipple Blocks Storm CloudsUsing the ripple blocks filter on storm clouds captured during a SE Texas July thunderstorm.

Spherize Filter: This is by far my favorite effect I played with today. It is like creating your own little world. Wow, I can see how to create planets for a novel series I am writing. I really like sci-fi. Doesn't it look like a mini earth?

Spherize Storm CloudsSpherize Storm CloudsUsing the spherize filter on storm clouds captured during a SE Texas July thunderstorm.

How to Create an Oil Painting using Photoshop's Oil Paint and Liquify Filters

Here is a quick technique tutorial. It is using an older version of photoshop, but the principles are still the same.
 

Stay tuned for up coming images and products to drop, fingers crossed, for the Christmas 2021 shopping season.


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