Notes about Paintography. It simply means (at least to me) that you begin with a black and white image, (tho sometimes you begin with a color image) and you supply the coloration. Somewhat like the coloring book experience. But you can draw outside the lines. You can paint the sky black. Or any other color. Technically, it takes very little effort.
It can take forever to do if you are really painting pixel by pixel (I have done that for sections of paintographies) but you can put down wide swaths of color. The most fun part, for me is trying to imagine, eyes shut, classical music or Tom Petty going, and that’s how I saw the idea for Yellow Brick Road.
I used the NIK plugin within Photoshop. The program is very smart at mapping out swaths and objects without having to manually draw masks. You see your results immediately. I advise using a simple digital tablet, but you can do pretty well with a mouse.
Just about every photograph I post goes through NIK (now from Google). Sometimes, the effect is along the lines of dodging and burning; but sometimes they are used to merge painting and photography. Hence the word: Paintography