Inspired by the American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), this technique is called faux lichtenstein. While not carefully painted on to the canvas by hand, these thousands of tiny dots give the same effect as the artist’s original paintings. Roy taught art and drawing most of his life, and was particularly well-known for his comic strips, advertising, and graphic arts – mixing his fine art studies with commercial art.
This piece started with an original photograph of my kitty Tyler, and was refined in Photoshop to give the faux lichtenstein effect. Modern and compelling, the effect gives a very unique look. It won’t be for everyone, but does demonstrate the range of possibilities with Photoshop.
Did you ever want to turn your pet into a cartoon? Software available today makes it easy and fun. Check out the photo above which was lightly edited in Photoshop, and then had a ToonIt! filter by Digital Anarchy applied. Instant cartoon kitty! The ToonIt filter has numerous choices available and can be finely controlled. It’s especially nice since once installed it’s directly available within the Photoshop software.
There are also now cartoon apps available for smart phones and the iPad.
Here’s a photo of Gracie after her recent bath, “tooned” on the iPad with the ToonCamFree app.
And here is another sample from ToonCamera. This iPad app is especially nice in that it gives you numerous filter choices. And within each filter choice, you can increase/decrease the amount of “tooning” applied. There are also numerous options for saving and sharing. I did pull this photo into Photoshop to add the speech balloon/text; these are not available in ToonCamera. Here is a website with information for adding speech balloons and text to Photoshop.
And if you are really industrious, here are instructions for “free-hand” creation of cartoon effects in Photoshop. Have patience, though, because although these instructions work beautifully, it will take 1-2 hours to complete just one photo using this method. I don’t know about you, but the quick options available now definitely make cartooning a lot easier!
Do you use any software that you really like for creating cartoons?