Times Square: Even More Real

Bert Monroy’s hyper-realistic artwork goes large.

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Digital photo-realist artist Bert Monroy took four years to complete his “work in progress,” Times Square. Monroy drew the original artwork by hand, utilizing Photoshop and Illustrator, and required more than 3000 individual digital files and 750,000 Photoshop layers to create the likenesses of his family, friends, luminaries from the imaging industry, as well as intensely detailed scenes and landmarks in and around New York’s Times Square. The flattened digital file weighed in at 6.52 gigabytes.

Output at 5 x 25 feet with the 64-inch Epson Stylus Pro 11880 onto Epson DisplayTrans Backlight media, Times Square was then installed in a custom-built 25-foot lightbox and displayed at both the 2010 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas and the 2010 PhotoPlus Show in New York City.

“This is the largest image I have ever created, pushing the boundaries of the software and hardware as far as they can go,” says Monroy.




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