Bombay | A Digital Painting

A recipient of one of my paintings contacted me asking if I could paint her friend’s puppy as a gift. She had a few photos and wasn’t sure which would be the best one to paint. This is totally normal – I rarely have clients who know exactly what image they want painted! I asked her to send me her favorites and I would help her whittle them down. We ended up picking one and during subsequent conversations, I discovered that this image would hang in her friend’s lake house. I decided to emphasize the lake background that was in one of the other images as well as give the pup a more relaxed open-mouthed smile since this was a happy place.

I painted the image, got approval from the client that it was acceptable (well, technically the response was, “THAT LOOKS AMAZING!!!! She is going to DIE!” and while I don’t particularly want my painting recipients to pass away, I thought that was a positive response.), and sent the file to my vendor to be professionally printed on high quality canvas and stretched.

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

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Let’s Talk About Filters

Anybody with a smartphone has some experience with filters. Instagram has a bevy of different options to change the color tone or contrast of your picture with the touch of a button. There are some phone and computer applications out there that can convert your picture to a painting in seconds! I’m not going to review any of them but there are definitely some good ones on the market.

When people see my digital paintings I occasionally get comments such as, “Oh, I could do that with a filter!” So I decided to do an experiment and compare two filters – one free and readily available, one higher end that’s used frequently in the artist community – with my own digital painting.

The image to the right is the one that I received to paint. This is Angel who recently passed away; her owners wanted a portrait of her. The painting took approximately three hours to complete and was printed on fine art paper and framed. Zero filters were used in the completion of the image – every stroke is done by hand using a tablet and stylus.

There is a time and place for filters and I’ve done some great work with them in the past. But rest assured that every piece of art you receive from me is absolutely unique and cannot be replicated by any filter. Take a look at the examples below. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding!

 

I don’t know who “they” are but I figured I should consult the Wictionary about that odd little proverb…

Etymology
This proverb dates back at least to the 14th century as “Jt is ywrite that euery thing Hymself sheweth in the tastyng”, and William Camden stated it in 1605 in Remaines of a Greater Worke, Concerning Britaine as “All the proofe of a pudding, is in the eating”, per Rogers’ Dictionary of Cliche and the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

A 1682 translation of Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux Le Lutrin (written between 1672 and 1674) renders it “The proof of th’ pudding’s seen i’ the eating.”

The shorter form “the proof is in the pudding”, which dates back to the 1920s and came into common use in the United States in the 1950s, is becoming increasingly common.

Proverb
You can only say something is a success after it has been tried out or used.
I know you didn’t think it was a very good product, but just look at the fantastic sales figures. That’s the proof of the pudding.

One of the first differences you’ll notice is the background. Unless a specific background is requested for a portrait, I’ll remove any visual distractions and place the dog on a studio-like neutral background. Then I use my editing skills as a professional photographer to bring out contrast and texture in the fur and remove collars and/or leashes. The eyes are key so I spend a lot of time hand-painting detail back into the eyes and adding catchlights. None of this is included in any painting app.

Image painted with the free “one button click” filter.

Image painted with the higher end filter.

Image painted digitally by hand.

The completed painting.

Commemorative Paintings

What is a Commemorative Painting?

As much as our pets mean to us, it’s frequently not until they’ve left us that we realize we don’t have a great image to provide us with comfort. Half of the images aren’t even printed, just languishing on our cell phones. While I would love to provide you with a photographic session, due to distance or time, that’s not always possible. The solution is a commemorative painting. Paintings can provide joy and consolation to those enduring the loss of a loved one, reminding them of good times, smiles, and love.
I can work from reference images, even the ones on your cell phone, to create a painting celebrating your pet that you will cherish and display proudly in your home. I’m also frequently approached by those who want to give a custom painting to a friend or family member. While most of my subjects are pets, I’ve also been commissioned to paint people and even homes. I paint digitally, on a computer, using digital brushes and paints. Some of the benefits of a digital painting is that they can be printed to any size and on any surface and I can make minor changes even after you see your proof. You can also have multiple copies if you’d like. Once painted, the file is provided to a print vendor that works exclusively with photographers and artists to create archival products. If desired, I can also have the image professionally matted and framed so that it’s ready to hang upon arrival. My goal is to provide you with a finished piece of wall art that you absolutely love. I am an internationally award-winning digital artist and was recently named the 2018 Artist of the Year by the Professional Photographers of Ohio. I am constantly working on improving my skills and finding new and better ways to provide my clients with my best possible work. For more information, go to pouka.com/paintings or view my portfolio at pouka.com/portfolio.  And I’m always happy to answer your questions if you email me at info@pouka.com!
People always say to take a lot of pictures and capture memories. That if you don’t you might regret not having moments to look back on. These words fell true when my sweet Hanna became ill and I realized I didn’t have very many “decent” photos of her.  I contacted Danica to see if she could work with any of the photos I had.  Thanks to her amazing talents with digital painting, Danica was able to salvage a mediocre photo of my sweet girl and turn it into a gorgeous piece of art that I will cherish for many years. Marcie

Painesville, OH

I was so very impressed and happy with Danica’s work on the picture of my English Setter Bucky that I got my mom one of her Golden Retriever for Mothers Day! So much talent! You will not be disappointed! Thank you Danica for making my boy Bucky shine bright!! Erin

Michigan

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

Contact me

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Purchase “Setterly Yours”

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The Lisping What?

The Lisping What?

If you're curious as to how this blog got its name, check out the Model Spotlight post about Finch. He's The Lisping Dog!

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