Steve Jobs, Clint Eastwood and others photoshopped into Russian Generals
UK artist and Photoshop extraordinaire Steve Payne has created some fantastic portrait illustrations using celebrity faces and a digital copy of the old Russian General portrait originally made by George Dawe. English artist George Dawe painted over three hundred portraits of Russian generals during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia for the Military Gallery of the Winter Palace.
Steve Payne using that as inspiration, has taken the faces of celebrities like Tobey Maguire, Charlie Sheen, Al Pacino, Sean Connery, Steve Jobs, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood and many more to infuse them on Dawe’s portraits and create digital portrait master pieces. Steve Payne created a Tumblr site dedicated to his portraits where he says:
I was always drawn to the fun side of image manipulation, the kind of stuff you can do using photos of your friends.
When I first started using photoshop I learnt quite a lot by trying to do that sort of stuff, turning people into JEDI’s, putting them onto movie posters, etc. Then gradually as the years went by I moved on to doing more professional retouching jobs and as I started to learn a different set of techniques I didn’t really do as much of the fun stuff anymore.
One thing I’ve always wanted to try (I have a list) is to incorporate someone into a painting, mimicking the painterly brush strokes and making everything fit and work nicely and look natural and stuff. There’s an art to head swapping, I’ve seen so many awful attempts. The most important things to consider are anatomy, perspective and lighting. If you can get those things right, you’re more than halfway there. My artistic ability serves me well with this stuff, I can just tell if something looks wrong.