Digital Artist Mike Campau was one of four creative tasked by Adobe with recreating one of four paintings that have been lost, either by fire, theft or act of war.
Here’s how he did it:
Campau was given Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Cathedral Towering over a Town, which was destroyed in a fire in 1931.
“This is definitely one of the most difficult projects I have ever worked on and posed more challenges than I first thought,” Campau says. “I’m used to combining stock photography with my own reference shots or rendering elements CGI, but now I had to look for images inside of images to find details, textures, and structures that would match to the original. The final result was created with 162 Adobe Stock photos, 180+ hours of Photoshop work, and a very sore index finger from scrolling through millions of images.”
See how the other three Adobe Lost Materpieces, in the campaign devised by ad agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners, were recreated here.