January 7, 2011

iGehry Building at MIT

Extensively smudged iPhone image

This image was captured at MIT in Boston and is one of Gehry's famous buildings. I used the ProHDR camera app on my iPhone4. I chose to process it using smudging in PhotoForge. When you smudge, you are using the 'paint' from the photograph. Smudging is like painting to me. I have the palette all full of colors and now I get to create my artistic piece. This process is done on my iPad with my finger.

I fell in love with this concept of painting my images at a PhotoShop World workshop. I loved the how you could use Corel Painter and a Wacom tablet to achieve this wonderful look. However I don't own Corel Painter or a Wacom Tablet, so I never painted my images. Besides who wants to sit in a desk chair at your computer and paint? Not me! So now I get to curl up in my favorite chair in front of a warm fire with my iPad and smudge to my hearts content. I hope an app for painting images with different brushes is coming soon. Anyone know of one?

As you see by the long list of processing techniques, it is really an involved image, very time consuming! Much patience is needed. I am very happy with the result! What do you think?

Smudged in PhotoForge
Artista Haiku for sky
Iris Blend
Smudged sky in PhotoForge
PhotoStudio for Vintage
Bad Camera blended in Iris
PhotoForge for selective sharpening

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  1. I love this image so much Teri, it's awesome!
    As far as other painting apps on the iPad goes, I just bought ArtRage.
    Check it out on iTunes.

  2. Holy cow, Teri, this is an AMAZING image! Indeed, the line between digital imagery and painting has become verrrry blurred (smudged? Haha) with the advent of the multitouch devices. It's exactly why I wanted the iPad for photo editing -- after experiencing about a year of iPhoneography and processing photos in apps, I wanted a larger screen for doing so. I have used several Wacom tablets, and it just isn't the same. The multi-touch gestures are more like working in a darkroom making prints -- a little dodging here, a little burning here -- all done with your hands or a cutout or something. Very similar ergonomically to what we've become accustomed to on the iPad and iPhone...


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