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Having written two tutorials on the topic of working with textures (details about part one are here, part two here) I thought it was about time that I posted something that used the techniques. And while I'm reasonably pleased with how this one turned out it would definitely be fair to say that this is a technique that I understand more from a technical point of view than I do from an artistic one; i.e. I can do it, but am still struggling a bit with working out the aesthetics for this type of image. What I can say though is that they're a lot of fun to produce.

If you're interested, the base image is here:


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comment by Mark Power at 08:49 AM (GMT) on 4 July, 2009

Bloody superb.

comment by Craig at 08:56 AM (GMT) on 4 July, 2009

It's true that it takes some time to work out what will look good and you just have to keep at it, I've been hooked on them this week :) people's reactions have been varied to say the least. I think this has turned really well, a world apart from the original and I really like it.

comment by Steve Tainton at 09:17 AM (GMT) on 4 July, 2009

WOW! wasn't expecting this image a bit of a departure from your normal stuff, but nevertheless as inspiring as usual. i'd better check out those tutorials.

comment by Mirko Herzner at 09:31 AM (GMT) on 4 July, 2009

Amazing piece of creativity here. Most of the times I am a supporter of a natural image look. You manage to proof the beauty of such techniques...

comment by Joanna at 11:26 AM (GMT) on 4 July, 2009

I think it turned pretty well :) maybe just a little bit too strong? I mean, it's a matter of taste, for sure, bur for me it's a bit too...cluttered? anyway, it's cool too see you experiment. it's surely inspiring, makes me wanna try this technique :)

comment by Sinographer at 11:36 AM (GMT) on 4 July, 2009

absolute mastery. the aesthetics are fine.

comment by Jaol at 02:31 PM (GMT) on 4 July, 2009

Wow...This is awesome! Absolutely beautiful! Thanks fot sharing this masterpiece with us.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 02:46 PM (GMT) on 4 July, 2009

Great texture and energy. Thanks for posting the original. Can't stop discovering more colors and the weaving of the different surfaces... you are a paintographer :) Beauiful piece.


comment by Nicki at 04:06 PM (GMT) on 4 July, 2009

I agree with Joanna, i love high saturated pictures like this one, but i think it's a little bit to much (yellow tones). But anyway, very very fine postproducing, i admire the high quality level you are working.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 04:27 PM (GMT) on 4 July, 2009

You are (very) right in that this type of photograph is a melding of technical skills and artistic skills. I am reminded of Salvador Dali: he was asked by a student HOW he could learn to paint like Dali; Dali replied (something like...) First learn to paint like the Masters (i.e. the technical skills) and then you can PAINT ANYTHING YOU WANT. [my emphasis]

Where better to learn to paint like the Masters than Chromasia :)

comment by The Obvious at 05:06 PM (GMT) on 4 July, 2009

This is a very bold image :) I love the colors in the texture, especially in the upper corners. Have you tried rotating it 90° CCW from this version? It looks much more natural (I thought the same even before I saw the original).

comment by Kevin H. Stecyk at 03:24 AM (GMT) on 5 July, 2009

Beautiful and interesting work David. I usually don't care for this type of imagery, but I found myself returning just to view your picture again. So obviously, you've captured my attention and admiration with this photograph.

comment by Claus Petersen at 08:04 AM (GMT) on 5 July, 2009

Really nice work with the texture..

comment by chiara at 06:45 PM (GMT) on 5 July, 2009

I like how it turned out. I love working with textures and I think it really adds to the image.

comment by Ted Szukalski at 08:29 PM (GMT) on 5 July, 2009

That is a decent collage. I like the tonal treatment you gave to what seems to be a good photo in a first place. The result is quite arty.

comment by DedicatedRR at 01:41 AM (GMT) on 6 July, 2009

Wow...unbelievable! I'm always amazed at the eye you have for these type of editing jobs. Reminds of the movie Mirrormask (it's one of my favourites ;))

comment by Enric at 07:07 AM (GMT) on 6 July, 2009

I love the texturized photos, I try to use your last tutorial to make posprocess similar to this, great job david

comment by djn1 at 07:48 AM (GMT) on 6 July, 2009

Thanks everyone :)

comment by David Chabashvili at 10:27 AM (GMT) on 6 July, 2009


comment by Micha at 06:27 PM (GMT) on 6 July, 2009

amazing!! Cannot believe it is the some photo! Love it!

comment by will pattison at 02:19 PM (GMT) on 9 July, 2009

rarely do i see a photograph that makes me stop and think, "that should be on the wall of an art gallery."

this is one of those times. brilliant!