Waterlogue allows you to download a photo from your camera and use the app tools to show various ways the image can look with various watercolor vibes.
Some of the 13 options provide you with some really lovely ways to change a normal photo into a more beautiful rendition of the original image.
Then there is Notanizer. This app works much the same way, but allows you to mess around with contrast using its tools. This can be very helpful, especially for artists who find it challenging to get enough contrast from light to dark in their paintings.
And then I did 2 studies, first highly influenced by Waterlogue, then one painted only using the photo as a resource. (I want to add that I recognize that I am not a portrait painter and there is muddiness that I don't like.) I think I would title the second one "Wearing Reindeer Ears is Exhausting."
I also took another photo to the Waterlogue app and painted two studies from that.
So the questions I pose are these:
- It it cheating?
- Is it art when you are highly influenced by
- a technological product?
- Is this any different than taking a workshop where a step by step process is offered by the instructor? Usually participants come out with pieces looking very similar to the instructor's.
I hope to have some feedback from my readers.