My name is Alex and I write to you from Canada. I have been really enjoying reading about your process ! It seems very easy and understandable except a few pointers I wanted your help to understand
I have been trying to convert and prepare an image just like you have demonstrated on your Website and I would be using a Projector to mark my lines on the canvas
However my goal at the tracing stage is to have an many minimum lines and colors possible to make the best detail (something like 8-9 colors) because anything less than this makes the image too weak and anything more than this , results in a chaotic mess of numerous lines on the canvas while tracing !!!!!!!!!
I know in your tutorial , 25 - 30 colors will definitely produce a good detailed image but what if someone was to start with 8-9 colors but good detail ?
I am looking at a realistic portrait style
I donot wish to paint directly while projecting as I donot have a permanent projector with me at this moment and is borrowed
Please help !!
Can you also please do a quick image tutorial if possible in which an image can be converted in the least numbers of colors but best detail possible ?? I am a beginner and I really want to try out this method because this looks very very promising !!
Hi alexdoris Welcome to forum and thank you for joining us.
Using 9 colours for a colour painting is only possible if you do it in more than one step. First make a 9 colour version of your image where you ignore all colour details. Concentrate on getting the form and the general colours right.
Paint that with the projector as help.
When the painting is dry you either paint the details by eye or make a new quantisation of your image where you concentrate on getting the colours of the details right.
I have to say I haven't tried this method myself but this is what I would try.
The 9 colour version of the image:
A 32 colour version but where you concentrate on the details only:
If you take that last image and blur it a lot you will see the overall portrait colours. Does it look natural? I think so. When you paint you don't blur like that of course. You have to decide which details have to be sharp and clear.
I have seen in your tutorial that you go from a large number of colors to a small number of colors . However is it possible for you to do a quick image tutorial from the start where you can show us how to convert a full color image into just 9 colors ??
the above image would be a wonderful example or any other portrait image of your choice .
I dont understand how to adjust the contrast etc and choose minimum colors for maximum details yet .
I think it is a challenge to convert a full color image into just 9 colors so a lot of good color selection has to be made , which is quite difficult for some beginners in my opinion.