Much to my surprise, many of the images that I consider Paintography (is that a real word) are being picked up or considered by art buyers. This is the far end of Paintography. I’ll be putting up a separate gallery at this week for images that fall into this category.
You could just call them colorized, but I generally don’t attempt to do them in a natural way. Some people hate them. Some people look at them and yell at the screen: Hey – that’s fake!
Other people look at them and see fragments of Grandma Moses in it. And still others find shades of Tim Burton.
I’ve never much liked straight color – so it makes sense that when the tools were available to do this sort of stuff without having any drawing skill, or very little drawing skill – I finally got my chance to put the beret on my head and grow a gotee. Now I just need to get an easel so that I can pretend paint.
They generally take a long time. Sometimes every freakin’ box is filled in. Sometimes they are done with a sort of wash of color in one sweep, like a watercolor and these are done quickly. The tools I currently use, mostly NIK Color Effex, but for tricky masking I still go back to Photoshop.