There are often mixed feelings when it comes to photographic paintings and photos altered with painterly effects. Many photographers have been exploring the possibilities of the latter creating and applying artistic filters to photos to enhance their visual impact. But do you need art filters when you can have the real thing? True, not everybody is a painter and having a specialist craft a custom painting does not come as cheap as downloading an app to apply art filters on your fancy snapshots. However, if the idea of turning digital photos into traditional artwork sounds intriguing and you have some money to invest on it, you should check out Pixelist, a new service to create hand-made oil paintings out of your favorite images.
The funding campaign for Pixelist is currently ongoing on Indiegogo and through this platform it has raised over $16,000 of the original $20,000. Paintings produced by Pixelist’s team and available for purchase vary greatly in size, going from the small 12″x12″ to large sized canvas and are not only in the classic Instagram square format, but also in 4:3 portrait and landscape.
Will Freeman, co-creator of Pixelist, described the project as a fun way for photographers to collaborate with other artists. Besides, he also sees Pixelist as a unique way to add new dimension to photos and to decorate with visually enhanced pixels walls and other personal spaces. Even though Pixelist seems especially conceived for attracting Instagram users, people can request paintings of about any digital photo that will meet the service’s basic requirements.
There are still a few days to go and contribute to this project’s flexible funding campaign on Indiegogo. Rewards for contributors include a simple thanks for $10 and early bird offers on the smaller sized paintings ($20 off their regular price and limited in number). PS: The megalomaniacs can order up to a 6×6 feet canvas for a perk of $1,000.