a quick attempt at photo realism

©richard collingridge 2011

A first attempt at photorealism done in about a day....pretty easy really, could have got it absolutely perfect if i spent more time on it...but whats the point of doing something absolutely perfect/real unless it is something that couldn't possibly be real....otherwise just take a photo...

Sorry, has been about 1 million years since i posted anything....mainly because i have a lot of new work and wanted to wait for my new website to go up, as that hasn't been updated in a year either! it is built (in photoshop), but as i can only use flash atm have asked someone else to do it for me in html....and you know what they say about getting someone else to do your dirty work...if you dont basically what i am saying is that they are taking AGES, hurry up!...anyway...hopefully up soon as have a lot of new images to show...


  1. I agree with you, especially when you see people producing photo-real paintings transposed precisely from photos.

    Photo ref is invaluable when studying forms or rendering complicated bits and pieces of a final piece, but if all you're doing is copying a photo why not just submit the photo as your piece and save yourself the extra work?

    As you say, it's pretty easy to copy from a photo, time and patience is all your need once you understand the fundamentals. But what's the use if you can't draw a simple face without a photo to copy from?

  2. i think photo- realism is all about whether you can do it, instead of whether you should! I dont even really use reference anymore, find i can go a little more out there without it....

    Have posted some updates ive refined of previous images...take a look let me know what you think!?
    Have a lot more digital work i would like to put up, but am waiting for my site...although am getting a bit sick of that..hence the updates...

    anyway hope your bday went all good....have you had a chance to get any new work up lately?

  3. Hells bells Rich - that is pretty damned realistic - did you do it in photoshop? I think photorealism is cool as an exercise- looking at stuff hard and learning how it all works can't hurt. I used to really enjoy properly zoning in on pictures like this when i was younger, and got alot of 'why don't you just use a photo' comments, which looking back didn't really help my cause - I've kinda overcompensated since by being a lazy bastard when it comes to observation!

  4. alright Sam, yeah I did it in photoshop, I suppose its more of an exorcize then actual piece of creative work...ive come to the conclusion that the idea behind the work is the most important, and that should define you, but its still good to have the technique to pull it off so it looks nice visually...so i suppose thats where doing things like this are good practice...


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