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Portrait painting from a photo

Any interaction often involves mutual use as well. If photography initially perceived such pictorial structures as composition and the system of genres, so that “the first person who saw the photo (with the exception of its creators) would have taken it for a picture” (V. Benjamin), then the painting itself inevitably appeared at the other pole, “copying” any features inherent in photography. The possibilities that photography had were as different as its use among artists. For some, it was only a document that could accurately convey reality, or a collection of memory images, a phenomenon similar in aesthetic views, and, finally, a way of seeing. (Elena Zyryanova, course “Painting and photography”). Portrait painting is very diverse. For example, in the Roman Empire, a portrait of the Emperor was required during court proceedings, which meant that he was present in the courtroom.

We know that the artist’s work on the canvas is often preceded by work on sketches. Although etudes are often not inferior in artistic value to the canvas, they do not always represent fragments of a completed painting. In addition, the artist can repeatedly rewrite individual parts of the picture. This means that the artist’s painting is not a drawing from life. But what does it represent? What is the master looking for when he paints his picture? One conclusion: the artist seeks to Express his vision of reality through the content of the picture. (V. M. Kopylenko)
The portrait from the photo, made in oil on canvas as a genre of fine art, appeared recently. However, in this short time, this genre has become very popular. To order such a work, it is important to take into account how much a person looks like himself and the level of illumination when choosing photos. It’s no secret that a person, as we know him, does not make a static picture, but a set of” drawings ” of the face, facial expressions and gestures. A portrait from a photo can be a great gift for a loved one or a close relative.

Portrait by photo in pop art style

Portrait by photo in pop art style. This picture is available

In visual art, a portrait is an independent genre that aims to display the visual characteristics of a model. “The portrait depicts the external appearance (and through it the inner world) of a specific, real, existing in the past or existing in the present person” (Portrait in fine art. E. Y. Basin). A portrait of a person from life gives the artist the opportunity to reflect in the picture those features that he manages to see during communication with the model, drawing a portrait from a photo is deprived of this opportunity, because the photo captures the moment, and, alas, only captures exactly what is happening here and now.
It is very important to understand the difference between work done from nature and from photos. Making a portrait from life, the artist can portray the person being portrayed as he can or sees, and spend any time necessary for his plan. It takes a lot more time for the same portrait to be executed from a photo, since the artist must accurately convey the image of the face, not only how he can or sees it, but what it really is in the photo. A group portrait also takes a lot of time, since you need to accurately convey a lot of details and images. At the same time, we remember that a photograph and a person in life can differ significantly.
We know that the artist’s work on the canvas is often preceded by work on sketches. Although etudes are often not inferior in artistic value to the canvas, they do not always represent fragments of a completed painting. In addition, the artist can repeatedly rewrite individual parts of the picture. This means that the artist’s painting is not a drawing from life. But what does it represent? What is the master looking for when he paints his picture? One conclusion: the artist seeks to Express his vision of reality through the content of the picture. (V. M. Kopylenko)

Oil painting is the most complex of the existing techniques of easel painting.
An oil portrait with an image and the transfer of emotions is a very difficult task for the artist. An oil portrait is usually performed in a multi-layered technique in several stages and settings. Each stage or the residence permit has to dry before another is applied. The technique of oil painting is complex and time-consuming, so even a small portrait, if it is written in compliance with the technology, is always performed for a long time.

In General, the process of writing or modeling a portrait is a process of gradual building, where each stroke or additional color has its own special meaning, enhancing the overall effect.
The issue of placing an oil painting is also important for the correct understanding and perception of the work. How to determine the optimal distance for viewing pictures? Oil paintings do not” look ” closely. For example, for a painting written in the impressionist style (large strokes), there is a rule: you need to take the size of the largest side of the picture and multiply by 3, the resulting amount is the minimum distance for the best viewing of this picture. I. e. for a picture of 50×60 cm, a distance of 60×3=180 cm is necessary. Believe me, when you move away to a sufficient distance, the picture will look completely different 🙂

Portrait by photo in the style of realism

Portrait by photo in the style of realism. Examples of portraits-on a separate page of the site

There is also a direction in painting as hyperrealism, or photorealism-a direction in the visual arts of the last third of the 20th century, combining the extreme naturalness of images with the effects of their dramatic alienation. Hyperrealism is an artistic movement in painting and sculpture based on photographic reproduction (copying) of reality. In 1973, ISA Brachot proposed the term “hyperrealism “as a mild French synonym for the overly harsh word”photorealism”.
The main thing for hyperrealism is an accurate, dispassionate, non-emotional reproduction of reality that imitates the specifics of photography: the principle of automatism of visual fixation, documentalism. Hyperrealism emphasizes the mechanical, “technological” character of the image, achieving the impression of smooth painting with the help of lamination, airbrushing, and emulsion coatings; colors, volumes, and texture are simplified. Although a favorite subject of hyperrealism — the realities of everyday life, urban environment, advertising, makrofotografie portrait “man on the street”, the impression is static, cold, distant, alienated from the viewer Hyper-real.
Therefore, if you try to get a” carefully drawn ” portrait, with human character traits that do not provide for coldness, rigidity and detachment, there is a risk of getting a completely different result

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