The story along with the painting bring about the feeling of fraility, fleeting life, changed paths, support, and over coming a tragedy. Thats how I just viewed it at least. Seems pretty powerful and amazing to me.Bumbaclat said:amazing in what way? honest question.
acheron said:why not just take a photo of them and fuck with it in photoshop?
As a style, Photorealism has a few detractors, who often dismiss it as pointless, or non-art. They fail to realize that many photorealistic paintings are not mere copies of photographs, but interpretations of reality based on the artist's vision. The act of merely copying a photograph has no artistic merit except to hone one's artistic skills. Most of my aviation paintings would be impossible to photograph, such as Timing is Everything for example. This painting of Tica is not just a copy of a photograph, but is a product of many artistic decisions, whereas I deviated from the reference photo for more aesthetic appeal.
Often, the artist's deviation from the reference material is unconscious. Despite my best efforts, my own unconscious stylization creeps into all of my work, and it is a struggle to keep it subdued.
Photographic reference is almost always used as a guide by photorealists, but becomes less necessary as an artist gains proficiency, and understanding of the elements of photorealism. While reading the list of the elements of realism, consider that no other artistic style demands so much of an artist. Photorealism is by far, the most difficult artistic style to master.
Clearly this artist has been strongly motivated by his own life experiences, and bringing meaning to those experiences, for him, is through painting. I think it's a sensitive and worthwhile effort!acheron said:why not just take a photo of them and fuck with it in photoshop?
You were trolling after the times that Jeff has gotten you? That seems a little silly don't you think?acheron said:Oh, I know... just having a little troll. I've seen some awesome photorealistic stuff recently, both painted and digital. As a photographer I like to nudge the photorealists a bit but I totally respect their work.