I've often wondered about how the night sky looked to Van Gogh when he painted 'Starry Night.'
This is an homage to him, and to his painting, one of my all time favorites. We see him standing here, looking up at the night sky...probably in awe, as he wondered how he would capture the beauty he saw. As well, this was the view from the sanitarium he was staying at, as it's well known that the poor guy was quite mentally troubled. It seems to be fact that he painted this during the day within the asylum.
I wanted this piece to be somewhat magical and fantastic, not just a normal night painting. Hence the large moon, large stars, transparent clouds etc., yet keeping a mostly realistic feel to it.
If you see the original painting, you see so much motion...it's as if he saw the vibration and turbulence happening all around him, as if he wanted to capture the wind!
Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed creating it:) Done in Photoshop in about 7 hrs using matte painting techniques.
If you are interested in learning my techniques, I have downloads for sale here: https://gumroad.com/alexruizart
July 18th, 2011
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