Thursday, February 14, 2008
This portrait of my nephew on Christmas day was a 9 hour pose (laptop, photoshop, wacom tablet) of which he posed maybe 1 of those hours. He was a great sport considering he's a kid and it was Christmas! but luckily I had my camera to take some pictures and work from those. My lap top is a 17" so it's actually possible to have the photograph up on the screen next to the photoshop window. I can paint one while looking at the other. Never as good as working straight from life the whole time, but with a child - that's nearly impossible. (and again, no copying and pasting, or painting over the photographs.)
This still life painting was painted from life (laptop, photoshop, wacom tablet) directly from my Christmas tree. No photo reference, or photo manipulation was used. Just 9 long, uncomfortable hours sitting on the edge of an old wooden high-chair in the dark. Studying the different sheen, texture, and reflectivity was really fun though. If you look closely, you can see half of my face reflected in the shiny red strip of the red and white ornament.
This is the finished painting of Joe. After the fist 2 sessions of painting directly from life, I worked an additional 5 hours using close-up photos as that I had taken as reference for details. Whenever possible I prefer to paint only from life, but photos are convenient when a pose runs out of time. (no part of the photograph was copied and pasted in photoshop, I strictly just painted while looking at them).
This is a progression of the first digital portrait that I ever attempted. It was done on my laptop using photoshop and a wacom tablet. The subject is a model posing professionally. These 2 images are the first 4 hours spread over 2 separate sittings.
Friday, February 8, 2008
This young woman was an amazing sport. Not only did she not mind if a perfect stranger painted her, she actually stayed roughly in that position for around 3 hours! She was cool enough to switch books instead of switching to a lap top which would have killed the lighting.