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Attention photomanipulators! :blowkiss: :wave:




But, Jade! We're a digital gallery. Why should I care about traditional art history?


Gasp! You should care!! :D Before there was photomanipulation, before there was photography, there was traditional art. It is our roots, our history. The foundation upon which we create.

Think of the masters who came before us, those who blazed the trail for artists of all different genres and media: Monet, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dali, Rembrandt, Munch, Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne . . . so many more. They serve as inspiration for many of us, and you can see their influences today . . . even in photomanipulation!


That is true! So, how can I help?


Does traditional art influence you? Tell me how, and link me to a piece of your photomanipulation work that was inspired by a traditional artist, either modern or historic. You can reply right here on this journal! :heart: In return, you will receive a feature for your artwork! :woohoo:

You can also help by helping us spread the word to other photomanipulators! :love:

And, don't forget to join dA's Art History Project!

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Thanks, guys! Looking forward to seeing what you have to share. :heart:

Jade :dalove:

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CouchyCreatureHobbyist General Artist
Back in 2005, Directmedia (and the Yorke Project) made 10,000 scans of public domain artworks available to Wikipedia Commons under the GNU Free Documentation licence. This is a wonderful historical reference resource for artists. The beginnings of the 10,000 can be found here - [link](Yorck_Project)

I have been downloading images from this resource for a while now, and came across a work by Edouard Manet titled Le Suicidé which made some impact on me, as it is an unusual subject for Manet. It was painted late in the artist's life (1877-1881) and he was dead two years later. There is an analysis of the work in the PsyArt Journal - [link]

I wanted to use it in some way in a manipulation so I hung it on the wall of a manip I had been working up. The result is Le Suicidé et l'épouse fidèle (The suicide and the faithful wife)

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Aeirmid Digital Artist
Wow. GOOD STUFF. I love that painting for very personal reasons, but you've done a great job giving it a whole new meaning with your own work. Bravo for that. :)
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CouchyCreatureHobbyist General Artist
thanks Jade :)
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David Roberts was an English artist/illustrator from the Victorian era. He was the first British painter to make an art expedition to the Middle East.

In 1838 he set off on an epic journey, travelling from London to Marseilles and then on to Alexandria in Egypt. From Alexandria he embarked on a journey up the Nile and continued as far South as Abu Simbel. He then journeyed on to Palestine across the Sinai desert, following the route thought to have been taken by the Israelites when they left Egypt

The artistic result was over 240 watercolour sketches which he brought back to London and found a publisher who created 247 lithographs in total from his journey. This google result shows many of those works - [link]


From my childhood, these images have impressed me with their feeling of discovery and the wonder of visitng exotic places to see such monuments. Based on an entry to a recent manip challenge, this recent work in my scraps folder was an attempt, via Photoshop and Corel Painter to reproduce that look - [link]
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Aeirmid Digital Artist
that is really awesome! thanks so much for sharing with me; this is really great! :D
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JamminJoHobbyist Photographer
Added to #DevNews posting on July 2, 2012 :)
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Aeirmid Digital Artist
thank you so much! :heart:
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JamminJoHobbyist Photographer
Welcome :)
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NatiatVIIProfessional Digital Artist
Since i've studied history of art for most of my life, it was inevitable for me to be influenced by my favorite artists. I graduated from art school and there I learned to draw by following the Pre-Raphaelites canons, my favorite artistic movement. Today, this is reflected in my digital art and this piece [link] is an attempt to mix the dark gothic art with Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
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Aeirmid Digital Artist
Wow! It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing!!! Incredible inspiration. :hug:
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NatiatVIIProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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eveningstars242Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, so I've been drawing since I could draw a straight line and art classes dominated as extra courses in school so I'd say Ms. Fuller and Ms. Cocrean influenced me as far as technique, I've always been intrigued with abstract art, and the Master Painters of course. Da Vinci mainly, I see him as a trickster, a brilliant mind, and a somewhat haunted man. Anyway [link] I found that piece about 5 years ago and I started drawing my little butt off and I produced a massive amount of abstract over the past 5 years and only recently joined dA but this [link] was inspired by my art that was inspired by marziiporn. So I sit here and thank marziiporn for jump starting my abstract mind years ago lol Rambling sorry :D Thank you!
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Aeirmid Digital Artist
Thanks! I'll make sure they see this. :)
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eveningstars242Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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BloodMoonEquinoxStudent General Artist
Ooh, what a cool idea! Here's something that might work: [link]

Alphonse Mucha's art nouveau lithograph posters are a HUGE inspiration to me--he's definitely one of my favorite artists. I've made traditional pencil drawing studies of his work, but this was my first attempt at trying to bring those techniques to the digital world. :)

...although, I'm not sure if this would count as a photomanipulation, since it's just one photo blended with several brushes and textures. So it's ok if that's not what you're looking for :D

Also, I remembered this photomanipulation made by a friend of mine: [link]

He is mainly a traditional artist (drawing and painting) but he does some digital work occasionally. He told me that this manipulation was inspired by the Baroque masters, such as Velazquez (whom he idolizes :D)
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Aeirmid Digital Artist
wow, awesome! thank you!!! :D and sure, they're perfect.
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BloodMoonEquinoxStudent General Artist
:squee: Great!
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shadowforthHobbyist Digital Artist
[link] This one was inspired by two artists. One is Jan van Eyck, who was a Netherlandish painter, making adorable still lifes and religious themes. He was one of the first painter, who could easily use the old principles of the ancient world to create awesome landscapes with right perspectives and humans in well proportions after the 'dark' medival. I try to imitate the monochrome colors and the allusives of death, which are important for his way of painting, and translate it to a modern version with gothical elements. The other artists is the painter of the portrait I use as a break in time, because this painter was very younger than Eyck. It's Goustav Courbet. He was right before Impressionism conquered the french painting a famous painter. He is known for his great realism and the genre paintings, he made. So he portraited farmer and worker instatt of nobility and richness. Through the two painter are so different in time, there are some similarities. To call some, I would say the limited and mostly dark color palett and the use of golden light (which is indeed not warm, but adequate to the rest of the colors) looks similar. So I try to bring them in a modern, a bit surreal, setting, together, because they influences me in the very earnest, realistic and a bit tragic way the portraits, still lives and landscapres are.
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Aeirmid Digital Artist
So beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing! :heart: This is exactly what I was going for. :)

BTW I didn't realize I wasn't watching you-- would have sworn I was! Problem remedied. :)
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shadowforthHobbyist Digital Artist
And this is a wonderful idea :love: I hope a lot of people join the project.

No problem :huggle: Thank you for the watch, dear!
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