Skip to comments.Melania is Cinderella in Maxfield Parrish's Famous Painting (pic)
Posted on 09/12/2018 8:24:34 PM PDT by poconopundit
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I would use this one, flip it and fit it to the original angle, personally.
Hey that’s almost the perfect head angle to replicate the original. Also eyes are big and expressive.
Nice find. Do you remember keywords you used to find that?
I was more aware of shadows, proper size, and the casting of light on the face. I decided not to use Melania's trademark hairstyle in the photo you sent because I want to replicate the look and feel of the original Maxfield Parrish painting.
As a result, I think we see more of Melania's face than we normally see.
Which do your prefer?
Melania profile, then select images
That is perfection.
Parrish conveyed movement, even when none was evident.
All his people look as though they are a snapshot of a life in motion, caught just as they were about to do something, or had just done it.
With the painting you chose, the woman is obviously looking at something in the middle distance, and about to ascend another step.
You can see the ~life~ in her, even though it’s a still portrait.
None of his paintings are ever truly static.
They always look like a capture of a video, one second paused forever in fluid time.
You. Done. Good.
Thank you, Salamander. You are taking me on a nice journey :-)
I love Mucha’s work, so let me find a suitable Melania profile and try to match it up with his work.
Salamander, thank you for introducing me to the art of Alphonse Mucha. His work is lovely, and it inspired me to do as you suggested: find a Mucha painting I like and put a matching Melania profile on it.
As a tech analyst/journalist for 26 years, I've acquired an ear for the written word. And now, by practicing putting Melania's face on this Mucha work, "The Season: Spring", I see how visual art requires similar powers of observation, patience, and incremental improvement. Much obliged for encouraging me to try out new stuff !
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I spent 4 to 5 hours on this. I found I could cheat by simply dropping three features on top of the original painting: Melania's eyes, lower nose, and mouth. All the other features I could copy/paste and paint in GIMP with a 20-to-50% opaque brush and a 2-to-5-pixel width.
To properly align the two images, I hovered Melania's face above the original face, then reduced the size so Melania's eyes lined up over Mucha's woman's eyes. In doing that, I noticed the nose-to-mouth gap is larger for Melania, so I made that change. I also slightly lowered the jaw. None of this was major surgery.
Melania has beautiful blue eyes, but I toned that down with a yellow overlay to match the subdued color of Mucha's work. I spent half my time working on details: adding shadows to define the nose's shape and studying Melania's photo to discover shadow subtleties I needed to add.
Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was a Czech painter and decorative artist with a distinct style.
He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs which became known as Art Nouveau. Mucha's works frequently featured beautiful young women in flowing, Neoclassical-looking robes, often surrounded by lush flowers. In contrast with contemporary poster makers he used pale pastel colors.
Thanks from me too Salamander.
Poconopundit, nice work. Thanks for the ping to it. Very cool...
You are an artist!
Thanks. There’s much to be learned. But I like that I’m gaining confidence to work on faces.
Before, the only thing I would venture to do was merge a head to a body by working on the neck, and shading the neck color to match the head.
Maybe it’s time to dig out old family pictures and try the same thing.
Well okay, but I'm thinking that if you put Melania's face on your dad, grand-dad, or brother(s), they won't be too happy about it.
That is simply wonderful.
Another graphic based on a Jack Davis cartoon. His work offers endless opportunities for parodies.
Click the pictures to see larger original.
Jack Davis (1924-2016) was an American cartoonist and illustrator, known for his advertising art, magazine covers, film posters, record album art and numerous comic book stories.
He was one of the founding cartoonists for Mad in 1952. His cartoon characters feature extremely distorted anatomy, including big heads, skinny legs and large feet.
He was born in Atlanta and lived for many years in Athens, Georgia, and was a big Dawgs fan.
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