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This image was created using using Photoshop 6 and Painter 6.03. Immediately below is the final image. It was created using a 'sketching' technique (described below) for the base images and then using Painter 6.03's watercolor brushes, I created the images. I used watercolor paper as my texture while painting the the Beau images, later adding additional texture with the same paper texture. The intermediate blue layer was textured using the "Thick Wet Paint" paper texture from the "Painter 6 Wow! Book" (a terrific book by Cher Theinen-Pendarvis, Peachpit Press, ISBN0-201-35449-7). The individual images of Beau were edged using Photoshop's spatter filter and the intermediate blue layer was edged using Photoshop's ripple filter. The large background layer was painted in Painter using a palette created from selected dabs of color from Beau using various watercolor brushes and textured both while painting and afterwards with the watercolor paper texture. Beau was master of household to my friend Michael and Michael is red/green colorblind so I tried very hard to not use those colors in the image.
beau final
The photographs were scanned at 600dpi, 150%. I then created a greyscale of each image and using a technique first described by Gregory Georges (see G. Georges' Fine Art Technique #1), I used Photoshop's Smart Blur filter with the "edge only" option to create a 'sketch' (image on the left). The final Photoshop 'sketch' was on a transparent layer so that only the 'sketch' lines were visible, there was no white background. I then took the resulting Photoshop 'sketch' into Painter and auto-cloned it (image on the right) using the 2B pencil tool (see below for a step by step tutorial of the process). I then used watercolor brushes to create each image using the color image (color corrected, background removed) as the source. When using the watercolor brushes in Painter, you are painting on a special wet layer which leaves the underlying drawing untouched. I later lightly erased the 'sketch' using the eraser set to a low opacity.
Beau, final Photoshop 'sketch' Beau, final Painter 'sketch'
Below are some closeup's of various parts of the image
Beau, close-up
Beau, left side
Beau, right side
Beau's name was created using the font "Silvus" and "Arabia" using the Photoshop type tool and a pattern from Painter (bright.ptl, "vivid painting", create a new canvas and use the paint bucket tool to lay this pattern onto the canvas, save and open in Photoshop). I then played around with the layer effects to tweak the letters and then created a support layer in gold that I then also tweaked using layer effects. The decorative border was created using P22 Type Foundry's (P22 Type Foundry) "P22 EagleRock Extras". I used the same background as I used in the name, again tweaking the image using layer effects and creating a gold support layer.
Beau name
Beau border
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