For my first Instructable, I wanted to create a post impressionist Halloween themed digital painting using Sketchbook Pro 6 (trial), based on the masterpiece Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. In my opinion Starry Night is one of the most eerily beautifully paintings ever created, so I decided to try and capture a little bit of that haunted feeling with a Halloween remake. OoooOOOooooOOOoohhhhh!
In the following pages I will walk through how I recreated the painting digitally and hopefully you'll be inspired to try your hand at making your own post impressionist style masterpiece.
I've included a time-lapse creation video in the last page of this instructable for those of you who would like to watch the painting take shape.
Step 1: Preparation
The next thing I did was find a good quality photograph of the original Starry Night painting that I could use for reference. Wikipedia hosts a few image sizes for you to choose from, the largest being a whopping 22,284 x 17,646 pixels. I love this painting so much- I grabbed the biggest one. The biggest image is far too big for this purpose though, so I cropped it down to 2,500 x 2000 px to match my sketchbook document.