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April Wallpaper by endosage April Wallpaper by endosage
This month, the themes were Spring and Impressionism.

This looks a lot like a photo and that's intentional — it is a photo. Impressionism, in its day, was meant to effectively be the artistic equivilent of a snapshot (they're all fairly boring compositions and subject matter "showing" modern life and usual scenes from their day). The intent was to convey the feeling and overall aesthetic of the scene itself while, due to a side effect of HOW many of these artists worked — "en plein air" (basically, outdoors) — they also ended up conveying how time passed, specifically the way light fell onto the scene. The Impressionists were obsessed with summarizing and inherent in the way they were painting, they were visually summarizing the hours they sat there painting their scenes. This later became an intentional aspect of the style.

This style of painting caused quite a controversy at the time. Many figures in the public decried the showing of these "sketches" going on about how it wasn't art and the wallpaper in their bathroom had more interesting elements. All said, a common trope in the art world.

Now, for this desktop wallpaper (interesting use of the word wallpaper considering the previous line), I was provided an interesting opportunity. I could have gone out and taken a bunch of photos to compose this image, but that would directly violate one of the stylistic elements of Impressionism: Quick, opaque paint. My idea would have required layering different images in a manner similar to the way many artists (at the time Impressionism was starting to rise to popularity) were layering their paint to get detail and nuance in their works. This is the exact opposite of what the Impressionists were doing.

Considering that this wallpaper was to be Spring themed, I figured I'd go to Fotolia (because stock houses ALWAYS have pictures of bright "bliss-esque" landscapes) — this really had to scream April / spring.

So, now that I've got this image as a base... where do we go from here?

Get the colors right, then break out the brushes.

There are a few ways to replicate a paint-like texture in Photoshop, but I didn't just want this to replicate paint, I wanted to try something completely new and so simple, it didn't even seem like it should work. 2 brushes made this image.

To explain in the most concise manner, just look at these screenshots of my brush palette. These are the settings that produced this style:

• Brush Tip Shape (a 15px x 15px square): [link]

• Shape Dynamics: [link] (The pallete shows I'm not using a wacom pen, but I was. I just took the screenshot with a mouse. This technique works best with a wacom).

• Scattering: [link]

And all of that is applied to the Smudge tool. Run it around on an image and see what it does. You should get an effect similar to what you see in the wallpaper. So, with those settings and 2 brushes (square and a blurry ellipse), I made this wallpaper. It took 40 minutes. (first version took 4 hours... had to develop the technique).

A mix of glitch art and Impressionism serving the same intent as Impressionism: to convey the scene in an abstract, but complete, manner.

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Tl;DR: I hope you enjoy this wallpaper!

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Desktop Sizes: 2560x16002560x14401920x12001680x10501600x12001440x9001366x7681280x10241280x9601280x8001024x768


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:icondexilus:
Dexilus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student General Artist
i like this style very much :)
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:iconendosage:
endosage Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you! :)
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:icondexilus:
Dexilus Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student General Artist
np :)
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:iconbeautiful111:
Beautiful111 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
very nice
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:iconfeebonacci:
feebonacci Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013   Photographer
coool !
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:icondealated:
dealated Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Omg, this is fantastic. I love how you took photography and made it into this amazing Impressionism styled piece. Simply brilliant. 
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:iconrandomdragon0412:
RandomDragon0412 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so pretty! XD
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:iconjack-0f-shadows:
Jack-0f-Shadows Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Wow! I'm as artistic (except engineering) as a brick, but this is very accessible here. Good job and I really like the how-to (of course!).
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Toxiclilly Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE THIS.
I love Impressionism. The way you did this is just so cooool. this is defiantly becoming my wallpaper!
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:iconmortallamb:
mortallamb Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
cool.
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:iconalomhordozo57:
alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Amazing!
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:iconkallerkey:
kallerkey Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome.
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:iconhouarne:
Houarne Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
You're definitely a Master of Impressionism ! :yoda:
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:iconodrienn:
Odrienn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
It's so beautiful *.*,I love the blue sky and the clouds....Awesome!
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:iconkristoffersonbrice:
KristoffersonBrice Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And great image !
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KristoffersonBrice Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the tip ! Can't wait to try it !
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:icondastanael:
Dastanael Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Wonderful. I just don't have any other word to describe your work. Thank you.
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KawaKeiko Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013   General Artist
Thank you, I will be using this and not only while april lasts. Super stunning, I love those bright colors.
I'll try those smudge settings also, this makes a very interesting texture! Thank you again :D
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joanna180179 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for sharing your method with us! The result is very good!
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:iconsierrareyna:
SIERRAREYNA Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
so cool! this is an awesome and fresh take on the impressionistic style, i've never seen anything like this its great! You really captured the feel and essence of impressionism
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:iconshinigamipanda:
ShinigamiPanda Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist
It's amazing! ^^
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:iconcpljohnner:
CPLJohnner Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
My Month!!!
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:iconmostafa21:
Mostafa21 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
FANTASTIC WALLPAPER !!!!!!
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:iconsmoothie1504:
smoothie1504 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
wooooooooooooowwwwwwwwww!!!!!
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:iconscruta:
Scruta Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ehh stopppp it
i'm gonna run out of room on my computer saving all these
XD
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:iconwhiteknight0014:
WhiteKnight0014 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Impressive
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:iconcustomcookie:
CustomCookie Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
I love it.
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:iconexquisitecolors:
ExquisiteColors Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so cool!
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:iconfaisalfadhil:
faisalfadhil Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Downloaded, set as desktop background, added to favorites and here's your comment!

Thanks a bunch :)
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:iconyesthefirerises:
yesthefirerises Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
BEAUTIFUL
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:iconmiaciceklic:
MiaCiceklic Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Artist
So amazing... <3 :)
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:iconjiyvaycay:
JiyVayCay Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Niiice. :la:
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:iconjustanotherninja:
JustAnotherNinja Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
BEAUTIFUL
Thank you for telling us how you did it, I really appreciate it!
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:iconmimistars:
MimiStars Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Very beautiful!
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:icondragonsong17:
dragonsong17 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!
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:icongreggorievich:
greggorievich Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.
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:iconalexhuskydog:
AlexHuskyDog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
April is favorite mouth :)
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:iconsolarlugia:
SolarLugia Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how it looks like water.
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:iconamaryliz:
Amaryliz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I have to try that! Thanks :D
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:iconabi-m:
abi-m Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Magnificent interpretation of impressionism, really brilliant and beautiful, the process explanation and the info on impressionism invites to reflex about it.
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:iconthe1guy123:
The1Guy123 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DEFENTILY PUTTING IT
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:iconjjungg:
jjungg Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So beautiful! I love the colors in this! I immediately set this as my desktop! :D Excellent job my friend!
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:iconiiibrokeyhu:
iiibrokeyhu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very pretty :iconblushplz:
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:iconlucas449:
lucas449 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh wow that's pretty cool :)
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:iconjkarlin:
jkarlin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Instantwallpaper
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:iconpica-ae:
pica-ae Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thats impressive :faint: Excuse the pun :B
Makes me wanna try that myself :la:
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:iconbenorianhardback26:
BenorianHardback26 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nice man! :)
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:iconthunderstatement:
Thunderstatement Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been meaning to comment... I really like how this looks traditional and digital at the same time in its style. Really good balance between both and it's simply pleasant to look at. Now that's a proper desktop wallpaper! I'm using it. :)
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:iconendosage:
endosage Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
:iconhead-bang-plz: Thanks, Ollie!
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:iconstalker777:
stalker777 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Take all my money. This is stunning!
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