The image above was a free photo that i took to the Paint program on my computer. Its rough ill grant you, but luckily the background is just busy enough to overpower those rough edges . The globe in the center is very rough i used the shape tool for the last one in the foreground ,, no more free handing it. No Photo shop, not even Gimp, the Free equivalent to Photo Shop. I have Gimp on my computer, and use it for( Photo dissection only )when were looking for beasties in photos over at the Midnight-observer , http://themidnightobserver.wordpress.com. I never use it to add anything but various lighting to find details by.
The point of this article though is to get you to look into this sort of Artist practice, its one that doesn’t cost a penny, you don’t even need internet service to do it. I have to admit Ive been very skeptical about computer Art, Its cool, very cool, but being a traditional artist i felt it was too easy, i was wrong.
Its a different kind of hard, its the use of a mouse instead of a pencil or a brush, or a variety of the programs tools . All this is old news i know , but i thought paint by itself would be too elementary, too limiting, but like many things its all about your heart being in it, then suddenly you find innovative ways to use the program., and blend them with the atmosphere of the base image, or create your own from scratch.
Its still more than half what you can in-vision before you ever turn the computer on. At first i cussed the mouse but with repetition of certain strokes and manipulations the mouse and my hand eventually got friendly, and control of line-work improved. You get into a state of mind finally where you can concentrate more on the creating and less on the frustration . I was going to say this should be limited to comic type illustration, but that’s wrong,, with further experimentation and practice, there’s no reason portraits , and more detailed illustration shouldn’t be possible.
All with little ole (Windows Paint) alone,,, i emphasize this because many of us (as badly as we’d like them,)don’t have the big bucks necessary for an expensive paint program,, but still want to use one for various purposes.
Go to one of the many sites that has images you can use for your own personal; enjoyment, Morgue File, is one of these, find a background or persons image you,d like to work with make sure the file is coded CC- or a number of others that allow usage with certain rules. Do preliminary sketches, or just wade in and have fun, there’s something about blending reality into a new form that’s challenging , and very satisfying . Many of us have the time on our hands to explore this, I hope you do.