The Secret of Maxfield
Maxfield Parrish, famous for his illustrations, murals and landscape paintings, did he have a secret? Yes...he was into technology. He made use of the latest technology in his work as a regular working method. He had his own dark room and took his own photos of models, both human and those made of wood in his shop. If Parrish were working today it seems likely he would be using computers to save time and improve the quality of his paintings.
First we'll look at a few examples of Parrish's photos taken specifically to use in paintings and then we'll suggest one way he might have used computors.
This is a photo of Kitty Owen, his favorite model
This is a photo of a wooden model on a mirror taken for "The Millpond",
The Millpond, by Maxfield Parrish.
My Computer Model for 'The Millpond'
Using Sketchup I first made a 3D model very similar to Parrish's.
I imported the model into Bryce and set up a mirrored surface for the
Here's the background render from Bryce.
And here they are combined in Paintshop Pro. Four layers
I've added a gradated sky, color to the mountains, darkened the
Here the most distant mountain has been lightened and
A similar method was used to produce this image. I wanted to capture the feeling-tone of the Maine coast. This was inspired by a magical overnight stay at the water's edge in New Harbor.
After modeling the dock and boat I was able to combine them in Bryce and adjust the point of view and composition as needed. The water was added in Bryce. The render took just over an hour and a half. That image was taken into Paintshop where the sky was added, values and colors where adjusted. Much of the the dock was repainted in PSP and the clouds and bird were added all by hand.
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