Sharing my progress through a selection of my digital portraits, as well as some tips and resources I found very helpful.
My very first digital painting was a portrait of Jack Nicholson vs my most recent digital portrait.
I am juggling work, studying online, and writing one blog post a month to keep you updated on my progress for 2018. My first blog post for the year
I graduated from the faculty of Fine Arts where I studied composition, color theory, perspective and anatomy. We spent most of our 5-year course in the Egyptian Museum, The Agricultural Museum, in Islamic Cairo, Drawing and painting Ancient Egyptian and Greco-Roman statues, animals, people, and buildings. At that time though I only worked in traditional media. You can find some of my traditional illustrations in my portfolio and here is my most recent upload of K2SO the droid from Star Wars: Rogue One in traditional media.
I got my Wacom drawing tablet in 2016. I was unfamiliar with this new tool but I tried to paint in Adobe Photoshop according to the same principles I learned in traditional art. It's a learning curve but you only learn by doing. I chose Jack Nicholson because his face is so expressive.
I was struggling with the new medium and this affected my process terribly but you gotta start somewhere. I was proud of my first digital painting anyways, so I uploaded it to Behance and to my surprise I got commissioned to create unwrapped portraits for 3D characters for an animation studio.
I had made a pencil drawing on colored paper of Doctor Strange and thought why not color it digitally? so I scanned it, cropped it and tried to make it look more traditional.
I then printed it.
then thought I should paint more portraits of women.
and also dedicate some time to Negan's leather jacket. to practice painting clothes
This is roughly when I started to focus on my process.
Process makes your life easier
both are important for business.
There is no one right way to go about process but
you want to go
You may start with lines then fill them with colors, or start with solid shapes then add details on top.
you may start with grayscale values first or in colors first.
You can start on a light background then go darker, on a darker background then go lighter, or on a 50% grey and use it as the middle tone and go both lighter and darker.
Find a way that works best for you and your projects.
My usual process is that I start with lines, then work in black and white on a middle tone background, then finally add colors.
It can change depending on the specifications of the project:
How many colors am I going to use?
How realistic does the illustration need to be?
This is around the time I found Prison Break and watched all seasons several times!
up until this point I had painted adults, old and young, males and females, but no children or babies, so figured I'd give it a go. Here was my attempt at capturing the innocence and puzzlement of this baby.
Then I thought why not do something that has metal surfaces?