If, like me, you love the movie Amélie, then you’ll know Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party. Really the idea of swapping the characters is already in the movie, in the sense that Amélie sees herself as one of them, but the idea of taking that literally for Spoke Art's current group exhibition tribute to the films of Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet was just too tempting.
It was a blast ‘remaking’ the painting (rebooting?!) and finding the right oil brushes in Painter. That said, I wasn’t interested in trying to make a ‘copy’ of the painting per se, just trying to capture some of the feel. It was an interesting exercise because I had to loosen everything up more than I usually do.
Capturing the likenesses was about just giving them enough detail to make them recognisable, but being careful not to render them out too much. Amélie is slightly more nuanced, and of course deliberately the only one in red, but that just seemed to make sense.
The final touch was to give it the distinctive Amélie colour grade and bring out the yellows, reds and greens.
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