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Creative Portraits: Woman with a Hat
This one is form Morguefile.com
Nice choice, Amy. A classic.
I though I would try the new Impressionist brush set on this one to see how it does on portraits. (Click here.) I used all three settings to render layers (G, F & E) with high, medium and low detail.
The new Xero > Caravaggio effect (http://www.xero-graphics.co.uk/) was used in layer H. Photoshop's Dry Brush would have worked, too.
Adjustment layers K, L and M were used to add contrast to the hat, tone down the colors in the background (I thought they were distracting) and lighten her face a little.
When I was examining I noticed that her right eye (left side of image) looked wrong. It was because the white of the other eye was visible. So I:
* Positioned horizontal and vertical at the intersection of the bad eye
* Used the Lasso to drag around the good eye
* Ctrl + J to create a new layer consisting only of the selected eye
* Ctrl + click on the eye-only layer, to load the selection (marching ants)
* Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal (get it going in the right direction)
* Edit > Free Transform to drag and rotate the replacement eye into position using the guides as, well, guides (press Enter to accept the transformation and ctrl + D to Select > None)
* Added a Hide All layer mask and airbrushed to make that eye look a little more balanced.
For those more ambition than I was this morning, something like this could be opened in Painter for additional painterly effects, but I gotta run.
Anyway, it was fun.
I recall this photo from Morgue File, it'll be fun to work on. Thanks Amy.
Fabulous result Danny, thanks for the steps taken, will try later this month and for the new set of Impressionist brushes too.
For better or for worse I'm posting this anyway, the strokes are rough and not entirely following contours. Without any better tutorials yet for doing portraits I continue to experiment.
Oils/Thick Wet Oils 10 – all over face and some hair.
Blenders/Grainy Blender 10 – Over face
Cloners/Wet Oils Cloner 10 – 33% Opacity
Size 2.9 (Outlining eyes and wrinkles)
Blenders/Oil Blender – Over wrinkles at Low Opacity
Gouache/Fine Round Gouache – Hat
Oils/Wet Oils on Clothing, earrings and pigtail.
P.S. Just looked at this compressed, it's not the same at all. Printed better.
Fun and Easy
Here is a different take on this one......
As always duplicate layer.
I made a rectangular selection 1/9 the size of the image.
Applied smuge stick.
Adjusted color balance.
Repeated 8 more times.
Create new layer and draw grid.
Increased stoke to 2 px.
Painter8 Digital Watercolor. This was almost too easy. (Did I really say that??). I like the oil look ( Neve), but they're hard (esp. portraits). The simplicity of watercolor certainly has much to recommend it.
6) a light sandstone texture added in Elements
5) 2B PencilSketch layer (Gel, very low opacity)
4) DigH2O PointedSimpleWater + PureWaterBristle to diffuse a bit. (The woman) (Gel, full opacity)
3) FineMopBrush (The woman). (Gel, Reduced opacity)
2) DigH2O CourseWater + FineMopBrush (Background) (Gel, full opacity)
1) White canvas
Judy, I'm glad you like the picture. You've been very supportive & encouraging of my (typically amaturish) efforts. I really apprecitate it.
Your's is just the fine tip brush?? That's very impressive. I've only used it for small details. Guess I'll have to experiment some.
Regards. - Mark
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