Uncle Vince

KEAN is looking forward to your thoughts on Uncle Vince

He has been experimenting, attached is one of the experiments.

KEAN, has reworked the image with some new adjustments

taking on board some of the comments made, 



15 thoughts on “Uncle Vince”

  1. A nicely composed portrait. I have a question, if wheels need spokes and implied motion can only be unidirectional what makes brush strokes an acceptable?

    1. Hi Ken, for me brush strokes and motion blur are both acceptable in a creative. I just thought the wheels in your image needed some sort of hint of spokes as they look empty as they are. As for the blur, I do like the treatment of both blurs that you have created, just not together in the same image. I feel they clash a little by forming a sort of criss cross pattern. Just my opinion, I do like everything else about the image 🙂

    2. In answer to Ken’s question – its about composition and overall effect of the final image. Not what you do to it, brushes and blur etc. Some images work really well with blur and or brushes but some don’t but ts fun to play.

  2. Its an interesting portrait, expression and the cap & jumper create a good character image. The direct eye contact makes you look into his eyes to learn his story. The paint effect is very heavy, you often find push button effects tend be need to be reduced to make them work. There’s colour particles and a black line that need tweaking.

  3. A very strong and direct portrait. If printed on a canvas paper, I think the line(s) between photography and painting would be so blurred as to be non existent – pro or con – discuss!!

    1. Thanks Tillman, yes that is what I was looking to achieve… an image that is right on the cusp of the two. Not sure if this approach would produce images that do well in competitions though… what do people think?

      1. It creates a push button creativity image, be it so or not. I wouldn’t score it very high at all as it’s too much like copy of a Van Gogh rather than it being an individual portrait as the effect doesn’t the enhance the image. Art or photo ? It doesn’t matter. Not for me.

  4. A powerful portrait, but I think that the painterly effect has been overdone. I would tone it down on his skin and think that his beard, hat and sweater can take it. I would also darken/desaturate the background. A little tweaking could make it a stunner

  5. My first impression was of the style of Van Gogh. The bottom image works far better for me. It would be interesting to see how it would do in competitions , but I can see it being selected for an exhibition as its different. I like it as it is

  6. Good portrait, but is it really creative? when all you do is press a button. I stopped using this affect around 1992.

    1. Thanks, I wish it was just ‘press a button’, there has been a lot more editing done after the initial effect was applied… a bit like when you add a texture… editing then has to be done to suit the particular image. I always believe it is the end result that matters and not how you get there.

      1. Doing a press button is completely different from using a texture. All my textures are taken with my camera/phone adding a push button effect isn’t the same as you didn’t create the distortion. I do when I add my textures/brushes. Push button creative is just a bit gimmicky!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.