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How to make a painting out of a digital photo? Answered

I wanted to make a picture of my girlfriend and I for X-Mas. I am no artist but I thought maybe I could trace it and paint that. Unfortunately I couldn't figure out how to transfer that onto the canvas. I'm really just out of ideas. Can anyone help me?

I want it to look like vector art but I don't have the Photoshop skills to do that and also I want it to be tactile as opposed to digital.

I'm including what I came up with after many, many screw ups.

Thank you.

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Sovereignty
Sovereignty

10 years ago

If you're using a thicker medium like oils, you could print/draw the outline then 'paper mache' it on the canvas [let it dry] and paint over it. I'd do it on a thin plain paper though, nothing lined/graphed and just enough glue to allow it to adhere well. I've used this technique numerous times when in a rush.

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CrLz
CrLz

10 years ago


The outlines of your drawing look pretty good!  Do you want cleaner color sections- more like a filled section in a graphics figure?

Try making cut-outs for masks to help contain your painting, similar to silk screening. Make multiple tracings/printouts of your original drawing. Cut out sections defined by your lines. Use a little spray-tack to keep each screen down while painting. Could be a way to make clean sections.

Two good Instructables on drawings were posted by KaptinScarlet and slambert.  Both may have some utility for your project.

BTW- I find Inkscape easier to use/learn than GIMP (my Photoshop equivalent).  I trace digital photos using bezier curves in Inkscape.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

10 years ago

Barring getting a projection system set up, you could use an old fashioned pantograph - make one from a few yardsticks to enlarge your original drawing. If you have a scanned image, you can look up "rasterbate" which is a program to enlarge an image so you can print it out on multi-sheets, use that with carbon paper to trace on the canvas. Once the outlines are done, paint by the numbers. Else, commission an artist. Good luck.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 10 years ago

and they do have print-on inkjet canvas paper that goes through the printer. Only regular size sheets though. You could also do an iron-on inkjet printed transfer to the canvas but that is a pricey option too.