After spending several hours and hard cash preparing these shots, this photography is my artwork – just one of the many tools in our modern artistic arsenal. And I use it by tracing it. I never let a photo dictate the decisions that lead to a final illustration, but good reference translates into educated decisions based on reality. So here I loosely trace Rey.
Photo bash and photo texture
Top artists are master painters, but they also use high-end tricks to collage, imprint, texture and manipulate designs using photography and 3D. This painting’s background comprises 30 or more photo layers, utilising Layer Modes like Multiply, Soft Light or Screen to collage a big environment. Once a realistic landscape evolves from the photo bash, I hand paint the details.