“Oil Painting” in Photoshop


I’m fascinated by the intersection of artistic painting and photography, especially in portraits. Much of my work is informed by paintings. See, for example my recent blog post, Inspired by a Painting.

Here’s a short TED video about an amazing artist who does full body painting of her subjects, then photographs them:

When Painting Comes to Life.

In my own work, I’ve begun to experiment with using a filter in Photoshop called Oil Painting. Pictured above is an image of Elena, an aspiring model. And below, the same portrait with the oil painting effect applied.


This may look strange, unflattering, weird – or perhaps engaging is some way. Well, let me know what you DO think about it. I purposely laid the effect on pretty thick (no pun intended) so you could see clearly how it looks.

Below is a detail of the “painted” version.  I’ll be doing more of this work along the way. Stay tuned!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”






3 Responses

  1. Michael Ehringhaus says:

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great, Blake. Very creative, clearly a few standard deviation points off the norm, and imaginative. Love it!

  2. Michael Ehringhaus says:

    At some point soon, I’m going to ask you how you did this–e.g., via Lightroom, Photoshop, etc.


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