Realistic painting technique pays off for artist
AN artist is selling photorealistic oil paintings of Scottish landscapes for up to £3,000 just a year after adopting the technique.
Andrew Tough, 28, from Glasgow, takes up to 150 hours over six weeks to produce each picture, which looks on first glance like a vivid photograph.
But all the pictures are oil on canvas or board and based on a selection of photographs taken at the scene.
One of his most startlingly photo-realistic images is of a couple standing in front of an iconic mountain called The Cobbler in Arrochar, Argyll.
Another intricate painting shows a tree hanging over the picturesque shores of Loch Lomond.
An oil on board image shows a staggeringly realistic image of the sea looking over to the island of Rum.
Andrew studied art at Glasgow Metropolitan College, but was mostly interested in the opposite of photo-realism.
Mr Tough said: “I was in college doing a lot of abstract art, and I wanted to deviate away from it.
“Although I’ve been painting since I was 18, I didn’t start doing this until just last year.
“I enjoy the process and it’s really time-consuming. It can take up to a month to create a painting, but the most recent one took six-weeks, so it depends on the complexity.”
When asked why he prefers to paint photorealistic images, Andrew said: “I find that when I make a painting I can accentuate certain details which I find attractive.”