View Full Version : New Painting: Joshua Tree - The Lost Pencil

07-15-2016, 08:30 PM
Hi all,
Here is a painting I did based on a photograph taken by John Murbach, which can be seen at his extraordinary collection of Joshua Tree 3d photos at his site https://joshuatree3d.com

The painting was done in Photoshop CS5, using one of the basic native brushes and a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet and took about 35 hours to complete.
The original file measures 48 inches square and will be printed as a giclee on canvas for my home. Joshua Tree, if you've never visited there, possesses an extraordinary and palpable energy in the landscape and I hope that I've captured even a small fraction of it in this painting. The place is truly magical.

Full disclosure: traced the initial drawing and used some (very minimal) eye-dropper color picking for some of the sunlit areas.



07-16-2016, 10:41 AM
Are you sure you posted the painting and not the reference? So realistic!

07-16-2016, 11:10 AM
Ha! Now that's a compliment. Nope, that's the actual painting.

I have cropped images of the painting's detail, but WetCanvas isn't letting me post them for some reason, so I can't show any closeups. They don't like referencing external links either, so unfortunately, this is all I can show you.

It's a pretty huge painting, though. 4 ft. x 4 ft. so I was able to use a pretty large brush. The rocks in the shadows didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped, but this is how we learn.

Thanks for having a look. :-)


07-16-2016, 11:15 AM
Ah, figured it out, I think. Here are some zoomed images of the detail...


07-17-2016, 10:33 AM
Amazing realism, and great shadows.
If you have problems posting something, feel free to PM me, and I'll be glad to help. I'm here sometimes every other day or so, and then I'll go thru a "super busy at work" time and not get a chance to check on the forum for a week or more, but I will find the time to respond to PMs. Here in the digital forum, I'm not very strict about external links, because of who we are.... some of our work just works better that way. I watch for those who are posting to an external link that is blatantly commercial.
However, I am going to move this to Digital Showcase, where individual work goes.

07-17-2016, 11:44 AM
Thank you, Elaine.

The upload problems were nothing more than user error. Thanks for your help and for your kind words. It was a fun painting.


07-17-2016, 12:09 PM
Beautiful work. I have not used the trace feature yet. I will have to give it a try.

07-17-2016, 12:50 PM

07-17-2016, 07:06 PM
Beautiful work. I have not used the trace feature yet. I will have to give it a try.

Thank you for the kind words, Willowshades and b'anna.

If there's a "trace feature" in Photoshop, I've not used it. I simply created another layer above the reference image, traced the image using a Wacom tablet and pen, then brought that layer over into my paint file and began painting on a fresh layer below the drawing.