This is my second digitally painted portrait on the iPad Pro. I am currently focussing on facial expressions, this one shows anxiety. I edited this image to create a dark shadow around her head (which was previously a bright yellow.) It’s amazing how colour affects emotions and the reading of an artwork.
I did use a blue background which I also incorporated into the skin tones of my subject, this I feel definitely adds successfully to the emotional reading of the piece. I’d love to hear your comments and feedback. 🙂
I am the proud new owner of an iPad Pro and Apple pencil. What incredible tools for an artist, especially paired with the ProCreate App!
In this digital portrait I tried to create a painterly style with soft edges and visible brush strokes. I am also experimenting with colour as an emotional trigger. My current (uni) project is about emotion as visible on facial expressions.
What I really like about this painting is how the green background ‘bleeds’ through into the skin tones. If I were painting this in traditional media I’d start with a green background so that it would show thorough areas of my painted canvas.
I’ll update my Portraiture Project as soon as I have more to post. Thanks for reading! 🙂
I am new to portraiture. Most beginners will agree that it is a daunting and intimidating task. My first step toward portrait painting was to do a study of the facial planes based on a plastic head model in my studio, using oils on canvas. There is much room for improvement and I will need to practice a lot more before I’m totally satisfied with the results, but it’s a good start.
Facial planes are important because they are the building-block of shading, they help to determine where highlights and shadows go on the face to create a 3D effect rather than a flat painting. Different lighting effects will cause some facial planes to recede into shadow while others are highlighted, these change as the lighting and viewer angle is changed.
Like most things portraiture does not exist in a vacuum, there are many things to consider, not least of all how to accurately draw the face before painting it. One way is the Top Down Drawing Technique that I blogged about a few days ago.
As I develop my portrait painting skills over the next year or so I’ll post updates on the blog for those of you who’d like to follow my progress.
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