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Milking Time
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Published: March 12, 2017
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As you might know I’ve tried to reproduce a feel of traditional oils in my digital paintings. This time I spent a great deal of time to change my workflow to get closer to that goal. The process involved studying paintings from the old masters. I got especially inspired by the cow themed paintings by Julien Dupre (1851-1910). Cows are perfect subjects for portraying dramatic light because of the white skin color. I thought I knew how to do natural lighting by using warm light and cool shadows, but looking at the paintings I realized the shadows can be warm where the cool light cast by the sky is obscured. He also made interesting paintings where the main subjects were in shadow and the background was brightly lit. That’s something I never tried before in my previous paintings.

To get more convincing oil painting effect I tried my hands on the latest Corel Painter. I did a finished painting, but I wasn’t satisfied enough to publish it. Clearly looking at the paintings from old masters makes you critical on your own paintings — which is good when trying to improve. So I spent more time studying a book of my favorite Finnish painter Albert Edelfelt (1854 - 1905) and then started a new painting.

This time I wanted all the main elements to be right. First the composition and lighting: I took the subject of my previous painting and made a simple 3d scene of that in Blender. Then I took that to Corel Painter and made a grayscale study based on the render. That’s how I usually work since the values are a foundation of a painting. Then came the part that is always the hardest: adding color. This time I really took effort to study paintings of the old masters by taking them to Photoshop and pushing up the contrast to really see how they’ve done the colors. Learning from that I was able to get a decent color sketch.

The painting started to look nice when viewing from a distance, but looking closer it was what digital paintings usually are: too soft with textures looking too artificial. So I bought the latest version of ArtRage and started experimenting how to achieve the different oil painting effects. One is the technique called dry brushing, where using only a little paint makes the canvas texture still visible when brushed lightly. Another is impasto, which is a term for using really thick paint, usually in the areas of brightest highlights. Third is a blending effect achieved by pushing paint using a palette knife. ArtRage was able to deliver all those effects, although it took some time to figure out how to do them. So I took the painting into ArtRage and basically repainted it on top of the existing one using the tools mentioned. I was surprised how nice the end results were. I’m sure to continue learning how to push the traditional look in my future paintings. After all that’s what makes me different from all the other digital painters.

Now I’d like to hear your opinion. What do you think of the oil painting effect? Do you want to see detail shots that really show the effect when viewed closer? 
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sparrowsfriend's avatar
What a wonderful cow!  We always had to distract our Bessie and Bosses with supper or breakfast in order to milk them.  Even then I usually had to lean a shoulder against her to keep her from kicking over the pail.  Too bad there are no cats to spray in the face with milk, wasteful as it was we enjoyed it so.  As to the work itself it is wonderful.  The traditional artist not only showed you a scene, but imparted an emotional carrier as well.This you have done well as you perceive in my remembrances.  The simplicity and innocence of the scene comes through loud and clear.  My only helpful remarks would be to ask where the sun is, as there is a highlight on her chin that, while beautiful, seems to challenge the shading.  Then too, her hands are free, maybe she is just about to begin?  A little more udder would be underlay delightful.  (sorry). Thank you for a wonderful piece.
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arisuonpaa's avatar
Wow, thanks for such a thoughtful comment. You are 100% right with that comment on lighting.
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Niluki's avatar
Niluki|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely idyllic feel.
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Dr-PenEdited |Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work on the lighting in this scene, particularly the highlights on those trees
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TheVerdantHare's avatar
I really think you nailed the oil painting effect personally.  Until I saw the info underneath I thought it was an oil painting :D
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bodequam|Professional Traditional Artist
I like the composition. 
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Bushaqua|Hobbyist Photographer
I love the cow...Moo Blonde Cow (Shocked) (Flying hair) 
Its as good as good ol' traditional classical paintings! Love the composition, brush strokes and textures...! :heart:
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Rosena24's avatar
Hienoa työtä. Ensisilmäyksellä ei uskoisi että se on tehty digitaalisesti. Jatka samaan malliin.
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bls35mm|Hobbyist General Artist
SO WELL done!!
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DreamPigment|Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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Beauchatte|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This texture fit's amazing to the concept you made. It looks simply amazing
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BrookRiver|Student General Artist
it looks so pretty! the canvas texture really helps sell the oil paint effect.
the cow looks a little lighter overall than I'd expect, with how shadowed the woman looks, but idk.
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arisuonpaa's avatar
I think you're right. Thanks for pointing that out.
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DwainesWorld101|Student Digital Artist
I love this, great detail & great work! :) Check out mine too!  MaYhEmIc Miscellania: ZUMALOOM 13 by DwainesWorld101 8
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povao|Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is gorgeous, i would've never guessed it was digital. the canvas texture is a lovely touch, it's refreshing to see a contemporary artist create more traditional pieces like this. it looks very convincingly dated! the lighting and contrast is wonderful, too. this is just fantastic all around.
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Yamikou|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wouldn't it be nice if it were in parallel universe?
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arisuonpaa's avatar
A fan of multiversum theory? :)
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Yamikou|Hobbyist Digital Artist
not muchh but i'd like to hear that drom you, you are?
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arisuonpaa's avatar
Well, that would easily explain many dilemmas, but still it's a long shot it think. Have you read a book called "Fabric of Reality"? It's all about that theory.
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DorianGeisterhugel|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very beautyful
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this effect looks really nice! The colours and light are great, and I love the oil painting effect! Gorgeous work here!
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Bleskobleska-Yandere's avatar
It looks like a traditional painting <3
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MrsCromwell|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! :)
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