Another art discussion: Visited an acquaintance at his historic estate in New England, he showed me his missing finger (cut off on a table saw and since he was a surgeon he collected the insurance and retired). Next he took me to his art studio (above the detached 3 car garage). Very impressive space, with his artwork hung on every wall. He is attending a prestigious art school and has a commission for a mural in a well known local restaurant. Then to his current work. A blank canvas on a tripod and poster board standing up on the table next to it. Taped to the poster board were photographs and sketches arranged to create a scene. This is the typical method of composing a picture going back a thousand years or so. Only modernized with photos instead of all sketches. I presumed this is what his art school is teaching him.
What I do in the digital painting world is not that much different. Instead of a blank canvas, I start with a photographic background. The background is frequently run through program effects and adjustments. It is also generally composed of additional layers that are also modified. The primary features are also from photos, that are sized and modified prior to being placed in the background. Once everything is in the picture, I enlarge the painting by about 400% and starting in the upper left hand corner, working with a custom mouse set between 2 and 20 pixels, I repaint everything. Afterward I experiment with different effects and adjustments and many times will repaint everything again, and even again, until satisfied with the result. One picture of a face inside a glass ball was restarted completely 5 times until i finally got what I was looking for.
If you made it though all that, thank you. If your read the "what is art" discussion on a prior post you will notice things are starting to tie together. This is a precursor to a very contentious discussion coming up soon on: What is considered original digital art vs art theft?