If you love to travel and take digital photographs, here is a wonderful method of transforming your photographs into works of hand crafted digital art! The process is quite simple and involves printing your pictures, hand drawing over the prints and then applying a watercolor filter to scans of your artwork.
This project was created just for fun and was intended to show my blogging friends how “travel art” can be made. I found the four images on the internet from other photographers who captured these beautiful scenes from Havana, Cuba.
Step 1 - Base Photographs. I found these great photographs on the internet and assembled them in a group using Adobe Photoshop. The overall composite image was sized 300dpi at 11”x11”.
Step 2 - Lighten the Photo Composite. In Photoshop, I made the image 75% transparent in order to take away much of the color and contrast. This step was necessary in order to add back color using markers and colored pencils.
Step 3 - Print and Hand Coloring. I printed the image on 12”x19” matte finish bond paper using an Epson Stylus Photo 2000P ink jet printer. I then added color to the print with Chartpak AD markers and Prismacolor pencils. I enhanced the artwork by loosely tracing over the elements with a graphite pencil.
(final hand colored image)
Step 4 - Watercolor Filter. I scanned the artwork at 300dpi and applied a watercolor filter in Adobe Photoshop. I adjusted the contrast levels to deepen the dark tones and lighten the white pencil highlights. The final watercolor filter gave the colored marker a beautiful painted effect and completely disguised the original photograph!
Next vacation trip you take, return to your studio and try making some digital watercolors from some of your favorite photographs - it is quick, easy and the results are amazing!
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