Digital painting, in principle, is painting with the tools on photoshop. Creating an abstract image with brushes and layers where anything is possible. You can also paint onto existing images to create new surreal images. Some of my favourite images created in this way are by artist Michael Oswald [michaelo to deviant art users]. His works are sublime. They use photographs of models and then transforms them into numerous different styles. He can turn a normal model shot into the most stunning android woman, with perfect curves and segments. His ability to cut into the human form and create new surreal images is staggering and inspirational. Here are a few pieces.
The red image shows how he has adapted the model to look like a puppet. He has cut her into portion, much like a doll. Even the mechanics of the doll are shown and perfectly replicated. The light and colours have been enhanced to make the image more vibrant and real. The strings have been added to give the puppetry feel as well as a blood tear to tie in the red background.
The next image shows his ability to create a full android model. The segments of this piece shows off his creative side. You can believe that this is a real android and that is partly down to the way it looks as though it could, theoretically, move. The skin tone has completely changed and taken on a plasticy/metalic look, perfect for this image. The light reflects off the model to emphasise the body form as well. not only has he created such a lovely model, he has taken it onto the background as well where more futuristic walls are found. The fact there is a shadow as well makes the model sit nicely in the image.
The next image, like the previous one, is a model come android. This image keeps the original skin tone while still making it look textured. This model still has clothes which throws in the realistic side to the image, while the plug and lead restores the fact that this model is an android. The lighting really sets this image off. It is what the eye is drawn towards.
From this research I have gained influential knowledge, which will aid me to create better pieces for myself.