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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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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.



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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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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March 12, 2011 – Pixar Pals & ElecTRONica Disney California Adventure


I am really going to miss ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure, there are only a few days left. if you haven’t seen it yet. i suggest you experience it. The last Day will be Labor Day 2011

Update: 10/18/2011
It turns out that they decided not to end Electronica. I’m not sure for how much longer it will run.

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World of Color – Feb 27, 2011

World of Color

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Aladdin Musical Spectacular March 5th, 2011

20110305 Aladdin Musical Spectacular

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Photo Paintings – Dinsey Princesses – Disneyland

Snow White

Characters – Monsters Inc Mayhem – February 28, 2011

Monsters inc, Mayhem

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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


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