For Kristin's Tutorial Tryouts this week she gave us the challenge of trying Vicki's approach to painting by numbers, which was quite an easy, relaxed tryout, and a bit of fun. The pic above is my finished piece.
I decided to use a 'still life' photograph as the basis. I recently took a thermal image photo of a vase of tulips and I selected a small section of it which I cut down even further to focus on one tulip only.
I fiddled with it a little in Photoshop until I found a version that looked promising for the colors and background. The tutorial suggested tracing the print by hand with tracing paper from a paper copy, but because time is very short for me at the moment I wanted to find a way to do everything on the computer.
The 'tracing' above was produced by using the 'trace edges' filter on Photoshop. I like the way sections of the background are like spray painting, but I felt it could be improved.
Now the picture above looks more like a hand-traced version. In fact I used an app on my i-pad called Art Rage, which has the facility to place a 'tracing paper' over a photograph so that a 'pencil' from the tools can be used to trace round the shapes.
This was so easy to do, and felt just like tracing on paper, and I was surprised and delighted with the result. I was so enthusiastic about my tracing that I think perhaps I outlined too many small shapes which was not helpful when I was adding the colours in Photoshop.
At that point I abandoned the idea of using the same colours and instead tried a colour combination that is new for me and am fairly pleased with the result and with the ability to complete the tutorial using the computer. I like the little touch of a few dashes of digital 'spray paint'.
Interesting and fun to do, and once again I learnt a little something new, so my thanks to Vicki and Kristin.
Sadly this is Kristin's last Tutorial Tryout - for now at least she says. The Tryouts have been a real challenge to me, and I've learnt a lot, so I hope to see her back with them later in the year.