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At Last Rapunzel’s Photo Painting Sees the Light

Back in February, I was able to finally take a picture of Rapunzel.  And as soon as I saw it, I knew I was going to make a photo painting of it. So I started right away, working on this painting. But I got distracted and never finished it. It was almost done so this weekend, I put the finishing touches on it.

As always I include a link the the full sized image that may be downloaded and reproduced for personal use.

Original Photo Taken at Disneyland

Original Photo Taken at Disneyland

Enhanced Photo for Painting.  Hair color, eyes skin were enhanced to facilitate the painting process.  I also created a color Pallet that could be used for the background.

Enhanced Photo for Painting. Hair color, eyes skin were enhanced to facilitate the painting process. I also created a color Pallet that could be used for the background.

Background created by using the color pallet. I normally use multiple colors, but i liked the different shades that i got from this purple.

Background created by using the color pallet. I normally use multiple colors, but i liked the different shades that i got from this purple.

This image shows the work that was done on the dress.  The original had a lot of detail on it. I decided to go with a more simple look, so I blended the pattern away.

This image shows the work that was done on the dress. The original had a lot of detail on it. I decided to go with a more simple look, so I blended the pattern away.

In This image I've added the skin and facial features.  The hair and eyebrows (along with some finishing touches) are the only things remaining.

In This image I’ve added the skin and facial features. The hair and eyebrows (along with some finishing touches) are the only things remaining.

This is the final Photo painting.  This image shows the painted hair, eyebrows, flowers and signature.  Don't download this one, the full size is the next image.

This is the final Photo painting. This image shows the painted hair, eyebrows, flowers and signature. Don’t download this image. Use the download link below to download the full sized version.

Download the full size image here

Next I’ll be working on a few photo paintings from Star Wars Celebration


Sleeping Beauty Photo Painting. Aurora finally makes her debut

Original Photograph of Aurora

I have been a Disneyland Annual Passholder for many years now, yet I have hardly seen Aurora around the park. I find this Ironic since it’s her castle that marks the entrance into Fantasy Land.

So a few months ago, I finally had a chance to take a picture of Aurora, it was in princess fantasy faire and outside. Even though they have improved the lighting in the meet and greet, nothing the lighting outside is always better.

This was a new technique I tried out mainly using photoshop, even though I used Corel Painter for a few touches. I like the result, but I still need more practice using the photoshop techniques.

Princess Aurora, Disneyland California

Original Photograph of Aurora

This is the original photograph after some enhancements that prepared it for the photo painting process.

Details - The Crown

Details – The Crown

The Crown was the most time consuming process.  In many cases I would have simply blended it all together, and given it a cleaner and simpler look.  But I really liked the thorns in the design.  I had never really noticed it until i started this painting.  This was possible with the new Photoshop Painting technique I used for this Photo Painting of Aurora.  It would have been virtually impossible to do this with any of the previous techniques I knew in Corel Painter.

Princess Aurora, Disneyland California

Details – Dress and Hair

This Picture gives a more detailed look at her dress and hair.

Princess Aurora, Disneyland California

Completed Photo Painting of Aurora

This is the final Product, I hope people enjoy it.

you may also download the full size fully reproducible photo here: Full Size Princess Aurora Photo Painting (Right Click and Save)

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Long Lost Mulan Photo Painting – Disneyland Resort

After completing the photo painting of Tiana (my previous post), which I have yet to port I found a photoshop file of Mulan that was ready to paint. I considered doing that next, but I got distracted and never went back to it. As I was looking through some old files I cam across that same image, but in the form of a Photo Painting. It turns out I had completed it back in 2011. My guess is since I never printed it out, I had no recollection of completing it. First I was glad that I didn’t do the work twice, and it freed me up to work on my next photo painting of Aurora.

I’m including the photo painting at all it’s intervals


Original Image Preparation for Painting

Original Image Preparation for Painting

Background Created for this painting

Background Created for this painting

Clothing and accessories painted

Clothing and accessories painted

Completion of the Skin and Lips

Completion of the Skin and Lips

Completion of the eyes and hair

Completion of the eyes and hair

Completed Painting.

Completed Painting.


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Disney Princess Photo Photo Painting of Tiana at Disneyland

It has been a long time since I’ve updated this blog. I have plenty of material, yet I never seem to post it. Well that is about to change (at least with this post).

This past week I went to a book club meeting for the book “The Artisan Soul” by Erwin McManus. At the end of the meeting we were challenged to take 20-60 minutes to do something creative that we love.  After showing someone in the group the other Disneyland Photo Paintings I had done, she suggested I do another one.  I jokingly said, they asked for 1 hour not 5-10 hours.  So I thought, why not? I hadn’t done a photo painting since 2011 and I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed using Corel Painter.

The next thing was to find the image that I wanted to use, and immediately a series of photos came to mind.  In 2012 on my birthday I went to Disneyland and decided to stand in line for the Princess meet and greet.  Tiana was the third princess in line. so at that point she was still waiting for the first guests to her.  When she noticed I was taking pictures she decided to do some posing.  I ended up choosing the one you see pictured below.

For the first time, I will be posting an image from each major step.  The whole process took about 10 hours at a leisurely pace while the office played in the background.

Disney Princess Tiana at the Disneyland Resort - Original

Out of all the photos in the series, this was the one selected in it’s original state

Disney Princess Tiana at the Disneyland Resort - Concept

For The first time I decided to do a huge change to the original image. My concept was to make this a nighttime scene. I wanted it to be in the spirit of the scene where Tiana is on the balcony, right before she meets the frog.

 

Tiana-03-cleanup

Even though I love the original image, I could really do without the railing in front of her. So I decided to remove it in Photoshop and roughly reconstruct the bricks.

 

Disney Princess Tiana at the Disneyland Resort - Texture and Contrast

An important part of the photo painting process is to create more highlights and shadows. Though her dress has amazing detail, all that would be lost in the photo painting process and it would all blending into one color. All the steps up to this point were done during my lunch hour utilizing photoshop

 

Disney Princess Tiana at the Disneyland Resort - Background

This is a screenshot of the background that was created through automatic and manual touches. This is the first image that contains work that was done using Corel Painter.

 

Disney Princess Tiana at the Disneyland Resort - Objects

This step covers the props in the foreground. Both the lamps and the bricks were painted. While Tiana is still as she was in Photoshop.

 

Disney Princess Tiana at the Disneyland Resort - Tiana Painted

If this image was not going to be converted into a night time image, this would be the last step. Tiana and her dress have been completed in this step and it no longer has the texture of a photograph. I decided not to paint it at night in case I liked the daytime version better.

 

Disney Princess Tiana at the Disneyland Resort - Painting Complete

This is the final product. The image was brought into Photoshop and it was transformed from a day picture to a night scene.

 

Disney Princess Tiana at the Disneyland Resort - Painting Complete Full size

I have also included a full size image, in case you would like to download it or view it up close. Click on the image to see it larger then right click and save the image

 

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed photo painting.  I will probably start another one in a few weeks.  Please let me know which character you would like to see next: Mulan, Jasmine, Pocahontas or Tinkerbell.

If you wish to see the previous post on photo painting you can find it here: Photo Paintings – Dinsey Princesses – Disneyland

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Pictures of the Disneyland Resort (Including Aladdin and Jasmine) May 27th 2011

May 27th was the first day that the new Mickey’s Soundsational Parade (those pictures will be in the next post).

After the parade I spent some time going around the park and taking pictures.  I believe this was the first time I saw Jasmine in her traditional outfit rather than the cloak (seen on the post from March 25th found here).  It’s probably because summer had arrived and it would be impossible for her to spend more than 5 minutes with that cloak.

I also went through the single rider ride for the Indiana Jones ride, it gave me access to areas you normally don’t get to go through when you normally stand in line.  So you will see a picture that has a piece of wood that says “Deliver to: Club Obi Wan”


March 25th, 2011 – Characters & Locations – Disneyland and California Adventure

Tron Programs

This was a day of many firsts.  I had never seen Jasmin with Aladdin at Aladdin’s Oasis.  It was also the first time i saw  Cruella de Vil and Peter Pan (not together) walking around the park.  It was also great seeing one of the amazing artists at work at the “Off The Page” Store in California Adventure.

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Disneyland Resort & Disney California Adventure – March 28th 2011

This was a busy day. I’ve already posted the photos from The Aladdin Musical Spectacular and the Disney Princess Fantasy Fair.  These are the remaining photos i took that day while walking around.

This was the only time I’ve seen Tweedledee and Tweedledum.  Other pictures include the Queen from Snow White, a cast member and the Incredibles’ Pixar Pals Mini Parade/show


Photo Paintings – Dinsey Princesses – Disneyland

Snow White


Characters – Disneyland Resort , CA February 28th 2011

Mickey & Minnie Mouse with Main Street Strawhatters

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Characters – ElecTRONica – Disneyland California Adventure, CA February 27th 2011

ElecTRONica

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Characters – Disneyland, CA February 14th 2011 Valentine’s Day

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Characters – Disneyland, CA February 10th 2011

Princess Ariel

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