At my first school I used to love doing butterfly paintings: you’d paint half a butterfly on one half of a piece of paper and then, while the paint was still wet, you’d fold the paper and press the unpainted half down onto the painted half and, voilà, you’d have a passably symmetric butterfly.
I thought I’d try doing the same thing digitally and see if any nice butterflies fluttered into view, and so it did in an old HDR image of the Royal Liver Building taken from the Hartley Quay in the city of Liverpool, UK — after some experimentation with the Trace function in Adobe Illustrator.
I added a background gradient to simulate a dawn sky (ish) and Bob’s your uncle…
About the artist
Photographer and digital artist.