- Most of us are familiar with converting a photo to grayscale to see the values, ranging from black to white. For those of you not familiar with Photoshop, click "Enhance", click "Convert to Black and White".
- Next, the "Cutout" filter is found under "Filters" then "Artistic. It was used so that the photo could be broken down in to mass shapes and colors.
- Contrast was used In the 4th photo. Under "Enhance", click "Adjust Lighting" then click "Brightness/Contrasts", to create more contrasts within the photo.
- To create a photo similar to a "Notan (pure black and white areas in the photo), use the "Threshold" button found under "Filters" then "Adjustments".
- In the 5th photo the edges were accented and the greenery simplified. The "Accented Edges" filter can be found under "Filters" then "Brushwork".
- Not shown but important when you want to know what colors are in the photo is to posterize the photo. Posterizing emphasizes the base colors and simplifies the shapes. Click "Filters", "Adjustments", then "Posterize".
- The last photo shows lines, known as a "Vermeer Armature", drawn on the photo using an imaging program called "Paint". Look at where the interior lines intersect and create an "X", I believe these areas are called sweet spots and are indicated by circles.
Try these exercises, then do notans where you can see the ratio of white to black areas, and thumbnail sketches. Thumbnails sketches are an excellent way to modify, design, values, and shapes.
The painting below was done in 2004 when five of us did a "painting a week" for one year. I fell in love with Ilis' photo(s) of Giverny and that is why I chose her photo for the exercises shown above.
Monet's Garden in Giverny
Reference photo by Ilis, Wet Canvas RIL