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Photographs on canvas

Studio Indigo makes canvas portraits by digitally replicating photographs and pictures


ADMIT IT. You've always wanted to see yourself in an oil painting. Unfortunately, you were born about a hundred years too late. After all, portrait painters just don't pay house visits anymore. But here's the good news: You were born a hundred years too late.

Because, today there's technology, and technology can do wonders for your skin. And your big nose. And your dark circles.

Studio Indigo (28490151), which recently opened at Spencer Plaza, brings you all the advantages of an oil portrait, without the flaws. While it's true that nothing can really replace the grandeur of an oil painting, the work they do is certainly worth taking a look at — at the very least. Originally a thriving advertising firm, Studio Indigo makes canvas portraits by digitally replicating photographs and pictures. Irwin Besant Raj, managing director, says they got into the business on a hunch. "We have talented artists and the best of machines so we thought, `why don't we offer this service... it's very popular in Europe and America'. And Indians, being traditional and family-oriented, would like to keep photographs and pass them down through the generations."

Long lasting

They have evidently struck a chord. In the one week after they opened, they got about 15 orders from people who wanted portraits of their children and parents to be immortalised on canvas. "Photographs tend to yellow and fade with time. The paints we use are imported and are guaranteed to last a hundred years." All the canvases are treated with a special lacquer to waterproof them and ensure longevity. "Besides, canvas has the richness and feel of an oil painting."

Comprehensive services


Their services are comprehensive. If you give them your favourite old, beat up photograph, their artists will restore it and make any correction or change you want. And yes, they can also touch up your face. "We can air brush, change backgrounds, remove people, (aha... now you can get that annoying aunt of yours out of the family portrait), and add special effects, like the `soft glow' look one couple asked for," says Irwin.

And to ensure that you don't have to trudge to Spencer Plaza every time you want an errant spot on your face erased, they say they will e-mail every picture to you till you're satisfied and give them the go ahead: Only then will the picture be printed, mounted and framed. So, (And I know this is the obvious conclusion, but I can't resist it) go, get framed.

SHONALI MUTHALALY

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