Watercolour in Old Township photos.
I have been painting with watercolours for many years but never thought to go digital. Everything I do is just a hobby to me like the photo restorations I do to earn a little extra money. I am the best in the country for restoring photos, the cheapest and most imaginative. So I have decided to add Watercolour to my services to offer people more scope for their photo requirements.
Watercolour on Old Photos isn’t an easy thing to do, there’s lots of manipulations required to prepare the photo. Lots of filtering and much needed imagination. Of course you can simulate watercolour with paint programmes within perhaps 5 mins, they look cheap and do not carry the effects very well. Personally I will be using an advanced drawing board inline with Photoshop and using home made digital brushes that allow you to paint exactly like you would on a physical canvas. Plenty of washes, lots of spills, details and ink sketching will all add to some great looking memories for your photos.
This photo example shows the styles I will be applying, and as you can see, this will look better with buildings rather than a family group photo. Having said that, I will be happy to take on any commission and have a go at serving up what you want. The cost will as usual be pretty cheap, I have no overheads and my time is my own. This example is rather complex though I would guess on average a sum of just £30 would be in order. Ask for a quote, it costs nothing to do that and if you haven’t guessed already, the photo will not require any restorations as they would be hidden beneath the watercolour. You can contact me via the ‘Contact’ tab above or visit my Facebook site here.
Graffiti Wedding photo manipulation.
A customer asked:
“Just been looking at your website and wondered if you could help. I love all our wedding photos but want to try and create a really contemporary feel to one of them. I got the idea from looking at some other examples of wedding photography in particular with graffiti behind in black and white or next to an old fashioned phone box etc”
So I browsed for Urban Wedding, Fantasy wedding, and Graffiti wedding to get some ideas to offer her as samples. However I did ask the lady if she was nuts 🙂 but once I got into looking around Google I discovered that this idea is quite popular. So it turns out that she was not nuts and indeed is a very beautiful young mum with a gorgeous baby and handsome husband. It’s a trendy thing to have done and I got carried away with my ideas for her. Photo Manipulations are great fun and in this case was something new for me to get my teeth into. She was amazed at how much time I allowed for discussing things with her but I think you will agree that the results were fantastic. The one I have done with the 3D hands freaked her out but otherwise she loved them all. Oh, and she likes old telephone boxes.
After the initial selections of the subjects this method is quite easy to fit people into any background you would require, so once you have the first one made the rest are very inexpensive.
Have a scroll down the page as there’s plenty of variety for you to look at.
Adding colour to old photographs can have an amazing effect, indeed removing colour from more modern pictures can have much the same result. Many photos used for advertising will use splash colours to get the viewers attention, they remove all the colours except the saleable item and your eye is immediately drawn to it.
The same can be done with your old B&W’s, add colour to the main subject and it becomes the very thing advertisers seek to offer and tempt you with.
B&W or Colour?
This photoshopped example below could be mistaken for an old picture, maybe around the 1940’s, that has had a splash of colour added to the main subject. It’s actually a modern day photo turned into B&W then colour added for impact. A little more photoshopping was needed when I did this to remove some tell tail signs of its true age like for instance, a reflection in the door was of a modern collapsible chair. Which ever way you choose to look at it, the visual impact is quite impressive and the great thing is that this can be applied to many of your old or new photos.
Kings Own Terriers 1914.
What a fabulous photo sent into me for Restoration & Colourising. It’s of the Kings Own Terriers in 1914 where the lads stood on guard watching for German saboteurs trying to disrupt our rail services.
The photo of these young territorial soldiers of the 1st/4th Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment was taken around August/September 1914 when the group were guarding the Great Western Railway in Kent before they were sent to the Western Front on May 3rd 1915. Some were gassed at Ypres in Belgium in 1917 but survived before returning home in 1919. Their average age was only 19 as they went away in 1914.
All these lads got home safely, much against the odds of that war. More information and photos on the 1st/4th Kings Own Terriers at the foot of this page.
This is the original which looks ok at first viewing, but when you get closer it is quite badly damaged.
You can view this on Wikimedia http://goo.gl/lTwPjk
This is the completed restoration which has been part colourised.
Partial colourising keeps it old and atmospheric so I left most of the trees and grass in B&W, but the little drops of colour do the trick.
The 1st/4th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment (King’s Own Terriers) engagements during WW1:
4th Aug 1914 – Mobilised at Barrow in Furness.
Winter 1914-1915 – Stationed in Southern England, some guarding the Great Western railways.
3rd May 1915 – Arrived in France, Landed at Boulogne. Joined 154th Infantry Brigade.
15 June 1915 – Battle of Festubert
7 January 1916 – Joined 164th Infantry Brigade of 55th West Lancashire Division.
8 August 1916 – The Somme: Battle of Guillemont Attack on Trones Wood.
11 September 1916 – The Somme: Battle of Ginchy Attack on Delville Wood.
27 September 1916 – The Somme: Battle of Flers.
28 September 1916 – Attack near Mametz.
23 December 1916 – Raid on Cameroon Trench.
9 June 1917 – Raid on Ibex Trench.
31 July 1917 – 3rd Battle of Ypres: Battle of Pilckem Ridge Attack on Wieltje.
20 September 1917 – 3rd Battle of Ypres: Battle of the Menin Road Ridge.
November 1917 -Battle of Cambrai.
20 November 1917 – Attack near Guillemont Farm.
30 November 1917 – Repulse of Counter attack near Epéhy.
March and April 1918 – Retreat.
9 – 11 April 1918 – Battle of Estaires – First Defence of Givenchy.
26 April 1918 – Counter attack on Givenchy Craters.
24 August 1918 – Givenchy Craters.
October and November 1918 – Advance to Victory.
4 November 1918 – Battle of the Sambre – Advance on Ath.
12 December 1918 – Moved to Brussels.
April 1919 – Returned to England.
Some photos from the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum.
Turning a sculpture into a cartoon.
I came across a photo whilst browsing through my interests on Pinterest and I had to learn more about it as it made me laugh, smile uncontrollably and cringe quite a lot. It’s a relief made by sculptor Peter Lenk who has produced more of these and had them displayed all over Germany.
You can learn more about Peter Lenk by clicking here.
So having looked at all his sculptures I decided on this one below to be a challenge. My own sense of humour and the current events going on in my own country enticed me. The importance of making a photo manipulation of Peter Lenk’s relief was to get the peoples faces and expressions right. I didn’t worry too much about blending the heads in perfectly, I just had to find the right people with the right expressions. I think I found the perfect ones. Jeremy Corby’s face being a good example.
Here is my effort and the original Peter Lenk’s relief below that, hope you all like it.
This was a great photo to work on but this Scots guard needed some careful work doing to it. A customer who is fairly local to me (Rochdale) wanted this picture restored so he could frame it and be placed with his medals. The Scots guard is actually his father and it’s wonderful to meet someone that still cares about our hero’s albeit his father. I’m guessing with all the recent commemorations going on that he went through his dads stuff and thankfully brought it to me for repair.
I completed this today and he picked it up this morning and I believe he was extremely happy with it.
Is there such a thing a too much restoration? Yes of course there is. Most examples of this can be spotted easily as they look way too false which I have seen many times by another restoration artist who lives not very far from myself. Although he gets a reasonable amount of work he has a habit of drawing stuff into the picture to assist repair but the eye cannot be deceived, you can tell somethings wrong. I like to repair as much as possible and if I can’t grab or clone something I will search the net for something similar, never sketching it in.
Why too much restoration in this photo then? Well I have a habit of perhaps cleaning up things to make a picture nicer, like maybe dog dirt on the floor or a person walking by. In this case I removed some ‘leaves’ on the floor which I thought made it a lot tidier. When the customer saw the result he asked very politely “Is it possible to put the flowers back into the photo?” He wanted them in the photo to show a relative and ask if it was a particular flower that he thought he recognised. Easy to put back and in future I will ask before I remove something haha.
I guess this little cutie was sat close to the heart of my customer where it suffered damage purely from wear and tare. Quite often we keep our nearest and dearest in our purses or wallets and that constant movement gives motion to that creeping damage that you don’t notice over the years. A bit like your cars brakes that don’t work as efficient as when you first bought it.
So I received this photo needing urgent attention and was asked if I could do anything with it. I had two photos to work from, unusually one of them had already been photo shopped but the customer obviously wasn’t satisfied with the result. In the end it wasn’t too difficult to repair, it was just a matter of time.
The customer got his little cutie back in time and when he called back to collect it he visibly gasped. Personally I’m not saying mine was that good a repair (I never like my own work) but if the customer reacts like he did I’m a happy man.
Ginormous photo restoration, nope not an exaggeration. This restoration took me ages to complete but it had to be done. The lovely gentleman had recently lost his wife and wanted this particular photo of her restoring as best as possible. He was at my doorstep so I could hardly refuse him and on top of all that he had a deadline as he was returning to Ireland at the end of the month.
I kept most of the detail in the photo though I had to improvise in one or two areas. Sticking a car of that era into the top right of the picture was pretty tricky but then that’s why I have entitled this ginormous photo restoration.
I couldn’t lighten the darker areas as there was no information there. Sometimes I’ll clone stuff from another photo but in this instance there wasn’t enough time. The gentleman was truly overcome when he came round to collect it.
Baggy trousers for the bride and perhaps the end of a long day for the groom. It’s amazing how the bride at most weddings can take the whole day with ease and yet their hero of the day flags quickly during the event (Doesn’t say much for us men does it). To be fair the groom will always struggle with aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews, the list goes on. Whereas the bride will shine throughout the day and be the sensible one once it comes to the end of the reception party.
So what’s this all got to do with those infamous baggy trousers? Well if you’ve never really noticed, or been to intoxicated to remember, somehow the grooms shirt always ends up hanging out at the rear. Look at your own wedding photos and you will definitely see several male members of the wedding party with their pants ready to drop and the shirt hanging out. I believe the only reason they don’t fall (Hey don’t be naughty) is constantly being at the bar getting drinks for people and naturally having a little tug at the waistband. Totally forgetting about what’s happening at the back where your shirt is now free flying. So the groom ends up walking around with that baggy trouser look, perhaps occasionally being tidied up by his new bride.
By the end of the night though, there it is, too late to be corrected and you’re taking that last dance for all to see. The photographer can hardly come across and tuck the shirt in for you, could start a marital breakup particularly if they are female and in this instance it was.
The end of baggy trousers and that shirt.
I was asked if I could at least tuck the shirt in to make the groom more presentable, tidying up the baggy trousers would be a bonus if it could be done. The obvious method with the photo below would be to clone in something from Google images but finding something I could work with proved very difficult. I needed the right angle, hopefully with shades and textures plus the style had to be reasonably similar. Problem was neither myself or the photographer could come up with anything usable as another issue would be the need for high resolution.
I decided on using the clone stamp, patch tool and a lot of ingenuity. After a lot of hard work I finally got the photographers approval, payment and a very big thank you.
Shirt out, baggy trousers. Shirt in, trousers smartened.