I've certainly used the painting in at least one manip, although I think it was not the whole painting, but a crop. This is a very effective manip. Kim has almost finished removing her clothing, and seems unsure of what is in store for her, almost curious, more than terrified. It's a fascinating expression, given the setting, but it works to whet the viewer's imagination. A well chosen image of the model, coupled with your usual meticulous attention to lighting and colour blending. She fits into the background making us forget that it's a painting and not the backdrop of the photo. Beautiful work.
Many thanks for such high praise from two established crux manip specialists!And an excellent essay it is, too!
It is hard to convincingly insert a photographed model into a painting, but you seem to have managed it very well!
This was a relatively quick composition, using four component layers with another four layers of blending filters. This allows considerable flexibility in fine-tuning to adjust the depth of field and achieve a unified balance of colour and contrast. I note that Fedor Bronnikov's painting title is sometimes translated as, 'The Cursed Field'. Since the figure pose is not from Baracus' photoshoot, we are still awaiting the first suspended crux manip of Kim.