Saturday, May 7, 2011

seeing something so beautiful even more beautifully..


How did the idea come about to tilt-shift Van Gogh's paintings?
The actual concept came from John Malyon (my father), the founder of Artcyclopedia. He was playing with software that could simulate the tilt-shift effect and had the idea to try it on a painting. Together we tried it with some paintings and it we realized that the tilt-shifting looked especially cool on Van Gogh's work, so we gathered up a bunch of images of his paintings and I got to work.

Were you surprised by the reaction it received?
I was very surprised by the reaction it received. We just thought that people who knew Van Gogh's work would find it interesting and somewhat amusing to see it transformed in this way.

Why did you choose Van Gogh's paintings to tilt-shift?
I had already tested out a few paintings and Van Gogh's really stood out. I think they work really well because his painting technique already has a lot of depth to it, the way he uses line describes form beautifully.

His work was also really interesting because his paintings include a number of interesting details that we could focus in on and make that the centerpiece of the painting.

Do you have plans to tilt-shift other paintings?
Yed, we've experimented with lots of different artists from different periods, we just haven't published them yet.

One of my all-time-ultimate-super-plus-ultra favorite art pieces ever.

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