Thursday, October 22, 2009


Bit of fun experimenting on this one. That blur was achieved using a hand-painted depth map, which is a concept I 'borrowed' from 3D. A depth map is a grayscale image that represents the depth information in a still picture. Black represents short distance, white represents far distance (and everything in between). After I painted the depth map on a separate layer, I fed it into Photoshop's Lens Blur filter and dialed in the amount of blur I wanted.


Blogger Nori Tominaga said...

what a facinating idea. So you sketched this piece up originally in 3D, rendered layers, painted it in Photoshop?

either way, great work as always, beautiful knowledge of the light there

8:42 PM  
Blogger Marco Bucci said...

Thanks Nori,
No, this is 100% painted, no 3D involved. I only learned the concept of a depth map from my experience in 3D, and thought to myself, "if a rendering engine can render it, why can't I just paint one?"

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cool, this one and the previous are very interesting!

3:01 AM  
Blogger Nym∼ said...

Awesome job *_* I love your style! really great!
Are you Italian as well or it's just the name?:P

8:35 AM  
Blogger RAWLS said...

haha, awesome! It looks so miniature!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Jessie Ilham said...

You have to show me how to do the depth map sometime!

also, I know you don;t want to hear this, but that moncter is really cute...:P

4:04 PM  
Blogger Jose Cua said...

great stuff marco! saw your sketchbook over at, and found the link to your blog. love the mix of traditionals and digitals in your blog :)

9:05 AM  
Blogger Jose Ramos said...

GREAT LIGHT mARCO ,I like small cars at his feets.
.Fantastic dude!

3:29 PM  
Blogger Ken Knafou said...

I have no idea what you're talking about, but dammit, this looks just awesome.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Jakeh said...

I stumbled across your work today and im so glad, it's absolutely delightful!

-your newest fan,
Ja'keh Clark

9:32 AM  
Blogger Mark Behm said...

Ha ha! All kinds of awesome.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Manoj Sinha said...

Nice Experiment!
Experience in 3d really change the dimention. Love the character.
Marco I just uploaded Ronaldinho's caricature. Need your valuable suggestions and comments as always.

1:03 AM  
Blogger SEILER said...

Well, whatever you did looks cool!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Astreet said...

excellent tip with the depth map!

1:34 AM  
Blogger Nathan Lindsay said...

this is beautiful marco.

12:38 PM  

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