I finally finished this. There’s quite a bit I’d like to say about it. I’ll save that for another post. Lately I like to share an image when it’s done and let people get an impression before I go into detail regarding my intentions.
A few things though. This image is quite large for a digital painting. I worked on it in three parts. It can be a triptych, or a seamless image. I had to work on it in sections because even working on one third of it used about 85% of my RAM when I was using Painter. Once I put all 3 panels together in Photoshop, and made a few editing layers, I exceeded the maximum file size of 2 gigs for a PSD. So, point is I made it as large as my computer could handle it. I wanted to be able to print it out at 150 dpi 12 feet wide. Or one could go half that size at 300 dpi, which is magazine cover tight resolution, and it woudl be 6 feet wide. No, folks, it’s not just a little image on the screen of your smartphone.
I need to explain something that a lot of people don’t seem to understand. They ask why anyone would buy a print of a digital image when they can just grab the image off the web and print it themselves. Well, if you wanted to print it out large, it would look crappy if you just blew up the Jpeg you got off the internet. A professional print is made from the full-sized file. Compare a small section blown up from a jpeg like the one above, and the same section at actual pixels (not enlarged).
So, the original file has crisp detail you can’t even see in the reduced version. Unfortunately for me, I think people may not really take my art seriously until they see it printed out full-sized. Imagine this piece 12 feet wide and nearly 6 feet high.
I’m curious what people who don’t already know what this is about think, or what your impressions of it are in general. I’ll elucidate tomorrow or the next day, share more details, and make prints available.
For now, here’s one more detail (which is not full-sized).