The long awaited artwork from the Kerala mural artist, Suresh Muthukulam, depicting Gurudeva’s San Marga visions of Siva arrived and were stretched onto proper painting frames but a professional shop in Lihue. Today Brahmachari Mayuran scanned all them. You can find out about the artist here: http://www.keralamurals.com/
The scanner had to be placed on the floor.
Each painting had to be scanned in pieces. Oh, wait! Look, the light is going right through the canvas. What to do?
Supports were made to the exact level of the scanner bed, and a dark cloth placed over the area being scanned to prevent light from escaping. Tape was placed on the floor to mark the offsets for each scan, indicating where to move the canvas next.
Photoshop wants to have at least a one inch over lap of adjacent sections to properly stitch them together.
Each canvas was scanned in 15 pieces, 5 X 3 adjacent areas.
Mayuran checks out the scans to be sure the over laps are good enough.
The scans were done at 600 DPI (dots per inch). Here he goes up very close to see how much detail we are getting.
At this resolution you can even see the texture of the canvas.
The resulting art is magnificent. Although the artist never met Gurudeva, he had done a marvelous job in depicting the other worldly, divine sight reality behind this mystical beginning of San Marga and Iraivan temple.
Although the facial features may be different, those who know Gurudeva well will attest that the expression of “this is a serious spiritual matter!” comes through very much as you would have experienced it in Gurudeva’s living presence.
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