Original title: Bouguereau (And Friends) Brought To Life, published January 18, 2014
B E A U T Y – dir. Rino Stefano Tagliafierro from Rino Stefano Tagliafierro on Vimeo.
This is what some of the world’s greatest paintings may have looked like when they were captured. With the help of some clever digital animation, Rino Stefano Tagliafierro has brought around 100 classic masterpieces by famous artists to life. No less than thirty of them are works by William Bouguereau. The filmmaker used the 2.5D effect, also known as the ‘animated photo effect’, which can be created in software such as After Effects or Final Cut.
Below are some of the animated GIFs used in the video. Click here for a list of all paintings and links to their animations.
Detail of Cupid and Psyche as Children by Maxime Boussaingault. Click to view full image
Maxime Boussaingault [website] is a French computer graphics artist who uses ZBrush as a digital sculpting tool which allows him to add lighting, color, material and depth to objects that are originally two-dimensional. Shown here is his 3D version of Bouguereau’s L’Amour et Psyche, enfants (Cupid and Psyche as Children, 1889). It’s still a work in progress, so future enhancements will feature more natural colors.
Below you can compare the two versions. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find dozens more contemporary variations. Click the second to view the 3D version, together with images that illustrate the process of 3D rendering.
Detail of Mother Of Dragon by David Lojaya on DeviantArt. Click for full image
David Adhinarya Lojaya is a visual development artist and illustrator from Indonesia who dreams of working for Disney or any other big animation company in the future. In the meantime he publishes his work under the name artspell on DeviantArt and is looking for pledges on Patreon, in exchange for full hi-res images of his eyecandy.
Shown above is David’s variation on Bouguereau’s 1893 painting L’innocence (Innocence), pictured left. Click to visit the gallery where you will find over twenty more contemporary versions.
Do you wanna build a strawman? by beiibis on DeviantArt. Click for source
Frozen is one of the most successful animation movies of all time. The plot revolves around princess Anna and her sister, the Snow Queen Elsa. In the image shown above, Anna and Elsa take center stage in Bouguereau’s 1882 painting Les Noisettes (The Nut Gatherers). It was created by Polish digital artist Katarzyna Babis who publishes as beiibis on DeviantArt and, in her own words, “still loves to paint Frozen fan arts in old master’s style”. The original painting is shown on the left. Click to visit the gallery where you will find over twenty more contemporary variations.
Illustration by Marc Moureau. Click for source
Hot Chicks from Outer Space is a blog by French freelance illustrator Marc Moureau on Blogger. His work comprises black & white illustrations, pin-up girls and tattoo designs. Shown here is his interpretation of Bouguereau’s Humeur Nocturne (Evening Mood, 1882). Click the first image below to visit the gallery where you will find dozens more contemporary variations. Click the second to view Marc Moureau’s version on Blogger.
Detail of Eve by Shorra on Worth1000. Click for full image
Photoshop contests on Worth1000 are usually based on a single theme. Sometimes, the challenge goes even further, inviting digital artists to create artwork based on two themes. Shown here is Eve, the first-prize winner of a Renaissance Roulette contest, in November 2014. Shorra chose to re-work Bouguereau’s The Wave, and combine it with a RoboRen contest and an Out of Bounds Art contest.
Below you can compare the original painting with the full version of Eve. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find dozens more contemporary variations. Click the second to view Eve on Worth1000.
Brigitte Bardot as Bouguereau’s Young Shepherdess, Kendall Jenner in Bouguereau’s Charity. Click for sources
Eisen Bernardo is a graphic designer based in the Philippines. His Mag + Art series on Tumblr is a collection of magazine covers and classical painting mashups. Famous paintings of artists are overlain with iconic covers of popular magazines to produce funny and interesting visual combos. Shown here are two of his recent creations, featuring French movie icon Brigitte Bardot and American reality TV personality Kendall Jenner, both taking center stage in famous paintings by Bouguereau.
Below are the original Bouguereau artworks. Click to visit the galleries where you will find dozens more contemporary variations.
Bathing Wonder Woman by funkwood and Wonder Woman with Seashell by hobbit90 on FreakingNews. Click for bigger
You thought there is only one Wonder Woman? Think again. Shown here are two Wonder Women you’ve never seen before. They were submitted for a Superheros in Art contest on FreakingNews in November 2014. Both are Remastered Bouguereaus. Bathing Wonder Woman by funkwood came out as the winner, while Wonder Woman with Seashell by hobbit90 finished #4.
Below are the original Bouguereau paintings. Click to visit the galleries where you will find dozens more contemporary variations.
Detail of Mermaid by Thiago Silva on Challenges Photoshop Brazil. Click for full image
In this eighth and last episode of our Bouguereau’s Mermaids series we pay tribute to Brazilian digital artist Thiago Silva, who publishes his work on Challenges Photoshop Brazil, a community dedicated to those who love and treat Photoshop as a hobby and/or work tool and aims to provide entertainment, training, learning, information and knowledge. Each week they challenge digital artists to use a given image and re-work it any way they like. In a recent challenge, the starting image was Bouguereau’s 1885 painting Jeune Fille Allant à la Fontaine (Young Girl Going to the Fountain). The Mermaid shown here was one of the remastered versions.
Below you can compare it with the original painting. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find over a dozen more contemporary versions of the original painting. Click the second to visit the website where this little Mermaid is featured.
Detail of The Surface by boofhead on Worth1000. Click for full image
“It is only in the narrow margin of the surface that the spirits of the air and of the ocean can meet and clasp each other fleetingly in their arms.” Those are the words of digital artist boofhead who created this magic illustration for a Fantasy Ren contest on Worth1000 in 2010.
The Surface is a remastered version of Bouguereau’s 1895 painting Le Ravissement de Psyche (The Rapture of Psyche). Below you can compare it with the original artwork. Click the first image to visit the gallery with the highest number of remastered variations: over one hundred! Click the second to view The Surface on Worth1000.