...and other big things painted over pre-existing art)
This post is about my most recent project which focuses on learning to master traditional looks by painting Kaiju's and other big things in existing classic landscape paintings.
This is a project I´m really passionate about. Roughly inspired by the thriftstore painting movement that started somewhere in 2010. Today there is still a trend to remix existing traditional works of low value to create something new of either equal or higher value.
But this is something I´m not interested in, for one thing it is an ethical question to vandalize original artworks and there is no learning curve attached to it - so in this regard it does not make sense to me.
My approach is about learning.
Structure, lighting and paint strokes used by the original artists have a sophisticated signature - emulating a similar look in Photoshop without even touching the original is exciting! All the objects you see below are painted by hand with the use of a Wacom Cintiq pen display. The difficulty lies in recreating the brushes, the strokes and the general mood.
It requires a keen understanding of working in Photoshop, painting and art in general.
You could call it high-end artistic retouching - but that would be a boring matter to me, I added something that is not there in the first place to make learning challenging and fun.
The result is a series of mash-up-artworks that are both; a declaration of love to the old Hudson River School and a tribute to the popular modern cult icons of our times.
My ambition in following this series is to keep in the back of my mind that if the original artists would still be alive - I would want them to approve of my remix/cover version.
Abandoned AT-ST in the Forest - Orig. by H. Böhmer
AT-ST- Painting Process
Cthulhu and the ninth wave / Orig. by Ivan Aivazovski
The Iron Giant at the lake in the mountains by Switzerland / Orig.
by Aleksey Savrasov
A Kaiju Evening At The Juniata / Orig. by Thomas Moran
A Visitor In Yosemite Valley / Orig. by Albert Bierstadt
Godzilla In The Mountains / Orig. by Herrmann Herzog
California Spring /Kaiju Spring Fever / Orig. by Albert Bierstadt
Kaiju Spring Fever - Sketch Phase
AT-AT Among The Sierra Nevada - Orig. by Albert Bierstadt