Digital Goes Painting {Project V – People}

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This is the last installment of our Digital Goes Painting project. Maybe I should mention that this picture of me was a spontaneous snapshot taken by a friend who was just testing a lens, which he then handed over to me – raw files and rights – to use as I wished. I chose it for this project because it’s the only picture that I have ever agreed to have taken and actually liked.

The other week my friend texted me that she had started on this picture but wasn’t sure I really wanted to see it. She said she wasn’t good at portraits.

I said I would definitely want to see it, and she sent me a pic of the black & white painting in the bottom left, still in the making. It only had the head to the left and some of the black bubbly stuff. I was very intrigued and was looking forward to the final work of art.

Then a week later she sent me a step-by-step of the painting on the right, asking me what my shirt colour was. I said black, but she insisted on using colour, so I said dark blue or green were my favourites. Then came the final painting, and again I was amazed.

I love both versions, and I think especially for someone who claimed she wasn’t good at portraits she captured my facial expression perfectly. I expressed the wish to buy both paintings off her. A very happy ending to a fun project.


Digital Goes Painting {Project IV – Everyday Details}

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Project four of five – one of my personal favourites out of my everyday details picture collection. I was actually wondering when I sent this to my painter friend whether it was mean, because if I had to turn this photo into a painting I would very likely give up right away. My original seems pretty messy to me, even though it was kind of an arranged mess in the photograph.

When I received the painted version, I was once again very astonished as to how accurate it all seems even though it’s not a detailed 1:1 depiction of the single photographs within the photograph.

The whole painting was done without a single brush stroke – I was even more in awe when I heard that. The background was done with a sponge, and the single photographs were made by pushing the paint with a piece of wood.


Digital Goes Painting {Project III – Food}

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This is the third installment of our Digital Goes Painting project. The original photo of the cake and cookies was taken by me last year at a food photography workshop, and my friend’s painted interpretation focuses on the cake.

Not being a painter myself, the result is quite surprising, because in my head I saw a completely different painting, imagining a sea of white. Probably better that I stick with the camera 🙂 .

Digital Goes Painting {Project II – Travel}

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This photo is currently my favourite travel picture, taken on my trip to London in December 2018. I loved how the colours turned out, and again I couldn’t imagine what my painter friend would make of it. It looks like there are thousands of details, plus all the colour, but the painted version looks way simpler while still capturing the gist of the photography quite accurately.