For my Renaissance portrait I decided to use the portrait painted by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer as my inspiration. Some problems I had with the project include lighting, perspective and figuring out how to put my face on the painting. I did not have as much trouble using Photoshop, as I am fairly familiar with the interface and functions. In the beginning I thought of just putting my face on her face, but my skin tone is a lot darker and so I cut out my neck as well. I posted my face on top of the painting, then I cut out part of her collar and her scarf and placed it on top of the photo of me. This way it creates to illusion that my face is indeed under the scarf and collar. I did not realize until I have finished the project, that the girl in the pictures face has some light reflections from the opposite side. As well it looks like her portrait was drawn from a higher point. I think the coolest part of the piece was matching the angles of two photos, so that it actually looked like I was in the painting. I would like to be able to create more works in Photoshop by merging different pictures together.
Things I noticed that are common in surreal paintings:
- play with perspective
- pale colours
- few subject matter
- feels empty
- makes you feel melancholy
Rationale: For my surreal portrait I used my photo and turned myself into a flower in a flower patch. I had to adjust the lighting of the several photo's I found. Some problems I had was adjusting the reflection of the flower on my face. Since the flower is red, I had to adjust the reflection on my face as red as well. In the end I was able to accomplish it by using a brush and turning down it's opacity to paint over my face. I think the coolest part of the piece was adjusting lighting, lighting can really impact the mood you want to deliver in a photograph. I plan to use this knowledge for when I draw digitally and traditionally.
Traditional Photo Portraits