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As you might know I’ve tried to reproduce a feel of traditional oils in my digital paintings. This time I spent a great deal of time to change my workflow to get closer to that goal. The process involved studying paintings from the old masters. I got especially inspired by the cow themed paintings by Julien Dupre (1851-1910). Cows are perfect subjects for portraying dramatic light because of the white skin color. I thought I knew how to do natural lighting by using warm light and cool shadows, but looking at the paintings I realized the shadows can be warm where the cool light cast by the sky is obscured. He also made interesting paintings where the main subjects were in shadow and the background was brightly lit. That’s something I never tried before in my previous paintings.

To get more convincing oil painting effect I tried my hands on the latest Corel Painter. I did a finished painting, but I wasn’t satisfied enough to publish it. Clearly looking at the paintings from old masters makes you critical on your own paintings — which is good when trying to improve. So I spent more time studying a book of my favorite Finnish painter Albert Edelfelt (1854 - 1905) and then started a new painting.

This time I wanted all the main elements to be right. First the composition and lighting: I took the subject of my previous painting and made a simple 3d scene of that in Blender. Then I took that to Corel Painter and made a grayscale study based on the render. That’s how I usually work since the values are a foundation of a painting. Then came the part that is always the hardest: adding color. This time I really took effort to study paintings of the old masters by taking them to Photoshop and pushing up the contrast to really see how they’ve done the colors. Learning from that I was able to get a decent color sketch.

The painting started to look nice when viewing from a distance, but looking closer it was what digital paintings usually are: too soft with textures looking too artificial. So I bought the latest version of ArtRage and started experimenting how to achieve the different oil painting effects. One is the technique called dry brushing, where using only a little paint makes the canvas texture still visible when brushed lightly. Another is impasto, which is a term for using really thick paint, usually in the areas of brightest highlights. Third is a blending effect achieved by pushing paint using a palette knife. ArtRage was able to deliver all those effects, although it took some time to figure out how to do them. So I took the painting into ArtRage and basically repainted it on top of the existing one using the tools mentioned. I was surprised how nice the end results were. I’m sure to continue learning how to push the traditional look in my future paintings. After all that’s what makes me different from all the other digital painters.

Now I’d like to hear your opinion. What do you think of the oil painting effect? Do you want to see detail shots that really show the effect when viewed closer? 
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Dr-Pen Featured By Owner Edited Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work on the lighting in this scene, particularly the highlights on those trees
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The-Hare Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017   Digital Artist
I really think you nailed the oil painting effect personally.  Until I saw the info underneath I thought it was an oil painting :D
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:iconbodequam:
bodequam Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the composition. 
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:iconarisuonpaa:
arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Thanks :)
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Bushaqua Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the cow...Moo Blonde Cow (Shocked) (Flying hair) 
Its as good as good ol' traditional classical paintings! Love the composition, brush strokes and textures...! :heart:
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Rosena24 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2017
Hienoa työtä. Ensisilmäyksellä ei uskoisi että se on tehty digitaalisesti. Jatka samaan malliin.
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bls35mm Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
SO WELL done!!
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DreamPigment Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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Beauchatte Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This texture fit's amazing to the concept you made. It looks simply amazing
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BrookRiver Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Student General Artist
it looks so pretty! the canvas texture really helps sell the oil paint effect.
the cow looks a little lighter overall than I'd expect, with how shadowed the woman looks, but idk.
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
I think you're right. Thanks for pointing that out.
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DwainesWorld101 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I love this, great detail & great work! :) Check out mine too!  MaYhEmIc Miscellania: ZUMALOOM 13 by DwainesWorld101 8
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primskorv Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
this is gorgeous, i would've never guessed it was digital. the canvas texture is a lovely touch, it's refreshing to see a contemporary artist create more traditional pieces like this. it looks very convincingly dated! the lighting and contrast is wonderful, too. this is just fantastic all around.
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:iconyamikou:
Yamikou Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wouldn't it be nice if it were in parallel universe?
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:iconarisuonpaa:
arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
A fan of multiversum theory? :)
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:iconyamikou:
Yamikou Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not muchh but i'd like to hear that drom you, you are?
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:iconarisuonpaa:
arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Well, that would easily explain many dilemmas, but still it's a long shot it think. Have you read a book called "Fabric of Reality"? It's all about that theory.
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Yamikou Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeahh that would be..
well i'm not quite a reader, watcher... i like vsauce, everything he told quite make sense
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DorianGeisterhugel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very beautyful
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this effect looks really nice! The colours and light are great, and I love the oil painting effect! Gorgeous work here!
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:iconbleskobleska-yandere:
It looks like a traditional painting <3
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:iconmrscromwell:
MrsCromwell Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! :)
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xNisanurartworkx Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Turkey ?
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:iconarisuonpaa:
arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
I was aiming for Finland. No reference used for the background though..
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Spacellama55 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I was stunned when I saw the digital painting category,
you did an amazing job and i never could of guessed it was digital!
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Serandos Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its so nice and peaceful something which is really rare These days thanks for making this piece if Art it Shows that there are still some quiet moments in this Chaotic world
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:iconarisuonpaa:
arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
That's what I'm aiming for in most of my subjects. Thanks for the comments :)
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webkilla Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
impressive
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StruckByInspiration Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Lively!
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DaMushroom Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, at first glance I really thought this was an actual painting, not something done digitally. So I think your learning project was something of a success. You'd know more about oil painting than I do, so I'm not sure if I'd be much of a help in critiquing. In form, your lady looks as if she's leaning a bit too much to her left to sit upright like that, though I know the stance you were looking for.

All around, it's a nice piece.
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Thanks for the critique. It's always appreciated. I did use a reference for the pose, but it was from slightly different angle and had lots of shadows so there was room for error.
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Michelesthird Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i immediately thought i was looking at real oils too; the lady i think is putting more weight on her left leg to balance herself due to the position of the cow.
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sbeeart Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I have that same problem with digital painting! I thought your painting was an oil painting at first, although I don't use oils myself so I might not be the best judge. I think you got the textures spot on, especially on the tree and the cow's back. Looking at your other digital work I think this is definitely the most successful in terms of looking and feeling like a traditional oil painting! :D
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Thanks! Seems like I'm on a right course then :). I'll continue trying to improve the effect even further. Maybe something where parts of the canvas is left visible.
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OMadHatterO Featured By Owner Edited Mar 12, 2017
As somebody that painted in oils before and read all the the text, I must say this is really an impressive piece. I hope my opinion will be obiective enough.
At first sight I did tough this was a traditional painting until I realized that it still has a little bit of those digital paintings but also... I am not sure if is just me or the canvas texture is a little bit unnatural.
It is there, yes, but... maybe not this much. It feels like the painting was made only within the first layer of paint, dilluted toughly with turpentine and/or other natural thinners. Usually, the paints are made into a paste kind of shape or, sometimes it happens to me, to not be even dilluted with anything. Because this happens, you usually see how the paint is applied, even when using a knife. Like... you don't see paintings that are perfectly flat on the painted surface and so you see the thick paints. That's what I don't see whitin your paiting, even if I've saw mentioned by you something about it. I might be wrong and you are free to correct me.
Just a question... Did you ever peinted in oils or oil-based paints before? Maybe you know better than me at this point!
EDIT: I've now noticed something in the corner that gives the feel of what I was talking about! So you do know... I am sorry for bothering then!
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Thanks for the feedback. You are right, the impasto effect could be pushed further. Right now most of the "painterly" stuff is in the details and could not be seen when viewing the full picture at this size. To answer your question, yes I've painted with both oils and acrylics. You can see some of those paintings on my DA gallery. Again thanks for taking your time to give thoughtful comments.
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OMadHatterO Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
You are very welcome! It is always a pleasure to help! I hope you have a nice day!
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:iconarisuonpaa:
arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Thanks! You too.
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OMadHatterO Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Thank you!
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RatatoskAS Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Professional Filmographer
This definitely feels like a painting rather than digital art! It's absolutely beautiful :)
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Sarosna85 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do think it looks like an oil painting. I wouldn't have known if I hadn't read your description. The colors and textures are absolutely beautiful. And the image itself does have this old Finnish countryside feel. And you're very right about being different by NOT going through the basic digital art route. It gets boring after a while since you see so much of it. I stick to traditional tools because of this since I don't have the digital skills to paint like this.

Jatka samaan malliin! :)
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XxPavonaxX Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, if I had not read your text I would think this is traditional art. It is an amazing piece of work of which you can be really really proud of! ^-^
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Chowkeyo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep. Looks great! If you didn't say so it could easily be mistaken as a legit oil paint rather than a digital drawing. They say hard work pays off and this is most certainly a good example of that. :)  
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Thanks! Comments like this encourage me to keep working even harder :)
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Chowkeyo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe. Well replies like that is why I love giving feedback. Looking forward to what's next. :D
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oceansigh Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really amazing to look at!
I thought it was traditional art at first
since it seems so natural :D
I love the oil painting effect on this :love:
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Soroneir Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, all that studying and effort certainly paid off. Great work.
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cinnabutt Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Student Digital Artist
An astounding amount of love, time, and effort has gone into this piece and I appreicate it all! Very fascinating to read, I hope to
see much more from you and your technique in this field grow!
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Thanks! I'll promise to continue experimenting with this technique :)
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