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Stunning Photo Manipulations by Michael Oswald

Hiding in the last row of a boring class in high school shouldn’t always be regarded as slacking. What once started of as fooling around with Photoshop and 3D Max in the back of AutoCAD class, has now developed into signature style that 30-year-old digital artist Michael Oswald describes as ‘photo manipulation on steroids’.

These days, creation of Michael’s artwork starts by taking up to 100 reference pictures until he gets a perfect shot which is then processed in Photoshop and 3D Max. He uses just a few Photoshop tools like blurring, airbrushing and smudging to paint over the top of the image in order to make it look like a painting.

In spite of his work being a combination of unique Photoshop techniques and digital painting, Michael O doesn’t underestimate the importance of knowledge of the traditional art techniques. “The standard rules of art, like composition, always apply and the medium is just a personal choice,” says Michael.


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  • Darcy Noni via Facebook

    I like the metal arm worker chick one..

  • Paul Valenzuela via Facebook

    HOLY AMAZING! just sayin’

  • Elizabeth Mungle via Facebook

    Jst incredible, I’d love to learn how to do this!

  • Jenna Säkkinen via Facebook

    amazing wotk

  • Peter Dalton via Facebook

    Tracing paper has come a long way. Quite nice though.

  • Jacek Pawlus via Facebook

    mocne !

  • Martin Graupner via Facebook

    this is more painting than manipulation. don’t believe, there’s anything left of the original photo layer in the end.

  • Erjon B. Hatillari

    Okay let’s face it, in the image #10 the guy just wanted to photograph the girl naked..

    • Cristian

      hahahhahahah i just think the same

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  • Chris Yu via Facebook

    Dude is in high school. I think he should get an A+ for effort and reminding all of us older guys what’s really important….the bootie.

  • Ramses Del Campo via Facebook

    So cool!!

  • Michael Pama via Facebook

    really impressive work there.

  • Dragana van Keulen-Eric via Facebook

    how true!!!!

  • Michelle Fisher via Facebook

    Tony Vila should see this >.<

  • Matteo Stanzani

    Excuse me… where is the originality????? Digital illustrations based on real pictures… guess what! it’s the same technique used by 99% of digital illustrators.

  • Daniel

    Wonderful, so amazing!!!

  • Tamuna Nanava

    wonderfull <3

Author:   Date posted: Sep 10th, 2012
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