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Two digital portraits - "painted" with Adobe Photoshop.
I have always enjoyed painting and rendering in a variety of medium. Pencil, watercolor, oil, acrylic, pen and ink - I love them all! The latest medium I am exploring is digital art - using Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom drawing tablet on my iMac. I really love it! The two drawings above were done with Photoshop. I do admit - I did do a quick, very rough pencil sketch of the faces first. I then scanned it into Photoshop, and then "painted over" it in Photoshop. All of the color and crosshatching on these drawings is done in Photoshop. The original pencil sketch is totally obscured.
I use a strong "crosshatch" technique, even when using pencil. I favor a soft graphite pencil (B or 2B is the best softness) because I want to get the dark tones really dark! You have a more difficult time doing that with anything harder than an HB pencil.
The portrait on the left, "Adderly" I used pencil to do the basic drawing. I then put a watercolor wash over the pencil. The portrait on the right, "Sonny" was rendered using a more traditional watercolor technique.
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Much thanks to W. Thompson, for the design of my email graphic!
This page last updated: September 18, 2005
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