Van Gogh's Paintings Get Tilt-Shifted (12 pics)

After seeing how tilt-shift photography could make real world scenes appear like miniature models, Serena Malyon, a third-year art student, decided to simulate the effect on Van Gogh's famous paintings. Using Photoshop, she manipulated the light and adjusted the focus to make us see these paintings in ways we could have never imagined.

Amazingly, nothing in these paintings was changed, added or removed. The incredible illusions are all created by the magic of Photoshop.

Update: Recently, I was able to get in touch with Serena to ask her how she came up with this idea. Read that interview below.

How did the idea come about to tilt-shift Van Gogh's paintings?
The actual concept came from John Malyon (my father), the founder of Artcyclopedia. He was playing with software that could simulate the tilt-shift effect and had the idea to try it on a painting. Together we tried it with some paintings and it we realized that the tilt-shifting looked especially cool on Van Gogh's work, so we gathered up a bunch of images of his paintings and I got to work.

Were you surprised by the reaction it received?
I was very surprised by the reaction it received. We just thought that people who knew Van Gogh's work would find it interesting and somewhat amusing to see it transformed in this way.

Why did you choose Van Gogh's paintings to tilt-shift?
I had already tested out a few paintings and Van Gogh's really stood out. I think they work really well because his painting technique already has a lot of depth to it, the way he uses line describes form beautifully.

His work was also really interesting because his paintings include a number of interesting details that we could focus in on and make that the centerpiece of the painting.

Do you have plans to tilt-shift other paintings?
Yed, we've experimented with lots of different artists from different periods, we just haven't published them yet.

Serena Malyon
via [Artcyclopedia]

To create your own tilt-shift photos in Photoshop, check out this great tutorial.

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Comment by sudip joshy on December 11, 2010 at 5:00am


Comment by Lieven Deswaef on November 22, 2010 at 10:30am
Beautiful! The stress on the details you get, makes me appreciate his work even more. Wonder what this technology would do to my favorite Van Gogh...

Comment by Inthemirror on October 29, 2010 at 4:36pm
Beautiful !
Comment by James Guzzetta on October 20, 2010 at 8:24am
Serena, thanks for the new perspective. Can't wait to see his originals again.
Comment by Kunal Batra on October 13, 2010 at 8:33pm
very interesting!
Comment by Dennis Salvatier on September 29, 2010 at 2:01pm
As a huge fan of his work, I have to state how awesome a little depth brings these works to life.
Comment by Gretchen Newman on September 28, 2010 at 11:22am
Comment by Erik Hernandez on September 25, 2010 at 6:59pm
Crazy how an artist this good was never appreciated in his life time...
Comment by Visnja V on September 24, 2010 at 4:58pm
I wonder what would Van Gogh said ... or my teacher, who 'hates' him ;)
Comment by sAm on September 24, 2010 at 4:08pm
Such a cool post....LOVE IT!

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