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Old 01-19-2011, 05:37 AM
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Portrait Painting

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to share a recent attempt at a digital portrait painting based on a portrait shoot I have been retouching. Having a nice photo to start from is always a plus. The total painting took roughly four hours. The final image is 3192x4469 (@300ppi 10.6x 14.8), though could easily upscale to a nicer size.

I've included the full portrait as well as a detail close up of the face. All the detail and texture might not come through due to the jpg compression.

I wanted to share it with you and get your opinions and/or critiques.

Thanks everyone.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:01 PM
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Re: Portrait Painting

You're right... Starting out with a good photo really helps. There's no doubt this is a very nice portrait to work with.

One of the challenges in "photo painting" is achieving a result that to the person viewing at 'normal viewing distance' looks like a painting, not like a photograph. That, of course, is a very subjective judgment as there are numerous painting styles and countless ways to digitally manipulate a photo.

Getting the right amount of "painterly look" to faces is extremely challenging, especially when it comes to eyes, mouth, hair and teeth. Where does one draw the line between manipulated and realistic? Your closeup is a good example of this. To me, the eyes and teeth look "too perfect" (photographic) relative to the rest of the face. I find this distracting, but that's just me.

People who are recognized as beeing "really good" at this type of digital artwork, for example, Marilyn Sholin, Jeremy Sutten, Helen Yancy, Brad Buttrey, etc., have developed various methods for painting eyes, hair, mouth/teeth, etc., so they look 'painted.'

That said, all the opinions in the world except for one don't mean a thing. If the client / prospective buyer or recipient likes it, that's what counts.
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:49 PM
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Re: Portrait Painting

Thanks for your comments, I very much agree. The overall detail on the face was an issue for me, trying to find a balance between to little and to much detail in order to make it feel right and in this case I over compensated.

The same issue was true for the hands before I went back and simplified them.
I'll have to go back and try removing some of the detail on the face and reworking the eyes so that they still draw ones attention without looking so much like the photograph.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:36 AM
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Re: Portrait Painting

Here is my second go with some revisions, particularly to the face as well as some overall color tweaks. Several warming and cooling color additions were added to break up the hue's throughout the image and skin tone.
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:54 PM
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Most definitely going in the right direction...
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