Friday, January 30, 2009

Excuse me while I kiss the sky

Last year, when I was new to Photoshop, I would get all these free tutorials in my e-mail box every day from Photoshop Roadmap. Some of them were pretty interesting, and some of them were junk that I'd never use, but the best part was that I was learning new things.

One of the many tutorials that I found fun was turning a photo into an illustration. And I found just the right picture to use for this technique. This is a photo I took of my husband in the fall of 2006 using my little Sony Cybershot point & shoot. He's riding a bike down the South Beach Road in Ocracoke, North Carolina. The original photo sort of made me yawn. But I liked how it looked after using the illustration techniques I'd learned. And maybe it's just me, but I love what it looks like now that I've added texture to this photo.

 

This is the original SOOC.                                      This is the illustrated version.

 

I want to get it printed on canvas and keep it forever.

 

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

PS ~ Extra points if you can name the artist in the post title. And no cheating, either.

30 comments:

Shellmo said...

I absolutely love the illustrated version!
*scampering to the store to go get photoshop*

Anonymous said...

i also love the illustrated version.
LG

Mental P Mama said...

Jimi Hendrix -- Purple Haze

You have to have this done on a canvas;)

La Feroce Bete said...

Jimmy Hendrix!! ~and I think you should put this on a canvas. I think it's great.

La Feroce Bete said...

Wow. I spelled Jimi like my friend's cat Jimmy No Balls. Too much wine. :)

Ellen said...

I have no idea whose quote that was, but I must say, that your illustrated version of the picture is kind of Wyeth-ish, that egg-tempra look. I like it.

By the way, my husband just learned that pictures can be printed on canvas - this will greatly increase the number of pictures and decrease the bank account framing them.

Sue said...

very cool application to the photo....

Flea said...

I have no idea who the title artist is. Sorry.

I have canvas especially made for my printer. It really would be cool to print and hang. What fun!

ELK said...

Kate, thanks for visiting my blog...I got PS for Christmas and am having a hard time finding time to learn it...your photo will encourage me...
ELK

Amy said...

Oh I love this! I have photoshop so I need to find time to play with these techniques, I love the way a photo can look like a painting and I never knew you could get photos on canvas...so this was something new I learned today, obviously the day is starting well, thanks to you and your readers!
Have a great weekend!!!

Kristina said...

I love the textured look, it's wonderful! I think the red bike is just perfect looking!

Jill of All Trades said...

Oh my gosh. That is SO cool. I'm going to play with that thing. Wow.

Kacey said...

Love this Kate! You definitely should get this printed on canvas. Maybe a gallery wrap. Don't you just love playing with photoshop??

TSannie said...

Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze - and no I didn't cheat even though I now see others got the answer as well.

What a lovely sentimental photo - love what you've done with it.

Amber said...

This is AWESOME! and would be even more AWESOMER on canvas!!

Deb said...

Your title is perfect!!!! Can you hear the guitar twanging that irrefutable chord? Oh..that just took me back...
Try printing this on quality paper...see just how the canvas effect comes across...then..you can brush stoke certain areas to make it look as if it was actually painted. Afterwards, you can determine if you want to go canvas...it is fabulous!

Mary said...

Well, we are all dating ourselves by answering that question, aren't we? Jimi Hendrixx. Play it with your teeth, Jimi!

You need to have that one done on canvas. Definitely.

Hope you have a good weekend. Warmer temps on Sunday. Yaay!
xoxo,
Mary

tj said...

...Hi Kate! Oh that's Jimi Hendrix! I used to think he was singin', "excuse me while I kiss this guy"...lol

...I love that textured photo! You are so creative on so many levels girl! And well, I just love that photo - period. It speaks to me for some odd reason...

...Btw, I am wanting to purchase Photoshop, do you use Elements or the bad boy that PW uses?

...Sorry I haven't commented lately, I'm still around. I think of you often and hope all is well and that your husband is doing better. Sending a {{{cyber hug}}} your way and scratch George on the head for me... :o)

...Blessings...

lejardengirl said...

what a refreshing image, I love the red bike plus to have your husband in motion...it's a true treasure...have a great weekend!

A Cuban In London said...

I love the result! Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Kerri said...

Jimi....my hubby quotes him often :)

What a FABULOUS shot to treasure!! It is absolutely stunning with the processing and texture added. I don't have full blown PS -- just PS Elements.

numberonesistah said...

Jimi Hendrix of course! The pic looks awesome also. Great job.

Daryl said...

If you send me the JPG I will print it on canvas paper for you ... that technique was what drew me to your pix over on Paintbox blog

Natarojo said...

What a beautiful image! It looks amazing with the texture added.

Shimmy Mom said...

I love it. Now I want to run outside and take pictures of each of my kids on their bikes. What a fun shot to make into an illustration. Thanks for sharing.

♥hugs♥

Debra (a/k/a Doris, Mimi) said...

In a word, this photo is breathtaking! I love the technique. I have PS and must learn to play with it for more than just minor adjustments. It's nice to have you as an instructor - I don't have to leave the comfort of my home to learn how to improve my photos. You're the best, Kate. Thanks!!!!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Jimi Hendrix singing Purple Haze and I love that song. Love the shot!
Di

Woman in a Window said...

I'm with Mental Mama - canvas. What wonderful spirit it evokes!

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