Today’s Picture of the Day (POD) at RichardArmitageNet.Com is dedicated to Ania:
Here is your Graphic of the Day:
Since I’m openly shallow, I was initially a bit reluctant to see The Impressionists because I was first exposed to the screencaps. Richard Armitage as Claude Monet in that wig and beard was not really a turn-on. But then I watched it and loved the program so much that I was inspired to make my first-ever fan video. Also, he doesn’t look so bad in the earlier scenes, such as this one. 😉 He looks pretty good actually. Check out the emotion in his eyes. I won’t give away what is happening in this scene because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but as usual, Richard Armitage gives a tour de force performance! Notice how I slipped a little French in there?
For today’s graphic, I decided to go for a painterly look. In the process I learned a new technique.
But first I extended the width of the background by copying and pasting pieces and using the clone tool to cover up the seams.
Then I created a sketch effect.
To get the texture, I used a canvas image layered on top using the Multiply blend mode at 100% opacity.
Next I created two Impressionist layers.
When I layered these with varying opacity and blend modes, I ended with this:
It was pretty close to finished but I wanted to see the paint strokes. This is where my new technique came in. Using the eyedropper to pick up the proper colors, I used the Oil Heavy Flow Small tip brush after loading Photoshop’s Web Media Brushes. And I painted over much of the background and a bit of Monet’s hair and clothes. Then comes the cool trick: I applied the Filter/Artistic/Rough Pastels filter which is built into Photoshop. This made my strokes look a little more like actual paint.
Here are my paint strokes against a black background so you can see them better:
Then all that remained was to add the image of Monet’s signature on top to which I applied the Linear Burn blend mode so the white background would disappear.
I duplicated this layer so it would look less purple and more black.
Now I feel like watching The Impressionists again! I promised myself I’d make another Monet fanvid someday. However I have far more ideas than time, LOL. It could be a few years. 😉
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