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    Quick question about paintings that look like photos.

    I was just looking at E.Dennis's paintings in the It's finally finished section (Which are amazing) and I was wondering why would an advertiser use a painting like that (looks like a picture) in an ad instead of just taking a picture of the same arrangement? It's sort of like those Camel cig ads... The paintings look so real that they might as well just take a picture instead. I'am all for supporting the artists but I have to wonder why an advertiser would go with what seems like the more expensive route.


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    depends on the oil artist and the photographer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A.Cerasoli
    The paintings look so real that they might as well just take a picture instead.
    don't diminish the artist's work with this kind of shallow statement, please. "looking real" doesn't mean "just like a photograph," and if you think it so then learn more about looking at images. also pay attention to all the really crappy photography used in advertising -- it sure as hell is not in any way better than illustration, just 'cause it's photography and supposedly more "realistic."

    perhaps the AD for the account felt that the warmth and clarity of Dennis' work could not be mimicked in a photo, or that Dennis' superb compositional skills were more valuable that those of available phtographers. also, what makes you think photographs are less expensive? a photog'r able to capture the qualities of light and material in the same fashion Dennis has brought to his work would likely charge a great deal more. they can be very pricey!
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    I did not mean to "diminish the artist's work " or be insulting I actually meant it as a compliment that the artist's work is so photo like. I was just curious as to why an advertiser would use such a realistic looking painting instead of a photograph. Also I never really though about what a photographer charges and wheter or not it would be more expensive to use a photgropher instead. Should of though of that first.

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    To paint an image so realistic requires so much dedication, discipline, skill and focus. Thus, the ideal target group of the product.

    Simply the fact that it is painted, is your answer.

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