Dressing Up Some Minecraft Maps

All my little brother does is play Minecraft. I never really got into it, but sometimes I watch him play and I can see why it’s so addicting and fun. Even though the blocky graphics seem more limiting than say, an XBox 360 game, you quickly learn just how creative the game can be.

One thing my little brother is really into lately is collecting and playing through custom Minecraft Maps. These are downloadable maps that other users create. You can load them into your game and play through them. Some are terrible. Some are beautiful.

I started to look through some of the more beautiful ones and thought I’d see if I could make the screenshots even more interesting with some Photoshop filters. Here’s my first pass.


This screenshot is from a Minecraft adventure map called Pandora. It’s loosely based on the world from the movie, The Hunger Games, and features a lot of epic outdoor scenery to explore.

Here is the same map screenshot, but presented in the style of an impasto painting.


And here it is again, this time in the style of a Claude Monet painting. I like to think that if Claude Monet were alive today, he would produce some really amazing Minecraft maps.





Rise Up and Shine

A few weeks ago, I shared an impasto style painting of a girl. Here is a photo illustration, done with a black white photo enhanced with a Photoshop action from sevenstyles called Rise. I really love the effect and will play with this some more to get the best output.

And here is another one, just for fun…

Before the Action


After the Action


I think I could have done the selection around her neck and arms a lot better but for a quick experiment this was very easy.

Impasto of a Blonde

Here is a photo painting done by a friend, who in turn painted her friend. It’s done in the style of an impasto painting. This is essentially a painting done with thick, textured paint. Or to quote my friend, “Impasto is a great technique for spending all of your money on paint.”

Here’s another painting, scanned into digital format and presented as a Mac screenshot (shown with Mac Preview).