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November 30th at Lotus Soundbar in Chinatown
Getting into digital portraits is very hard to wrap your brain around. There are many avenues you can venture down, photo realistic, abstract, impressionistic etc. You have to figure out your so called style that you want to produce but at the same time don’t be afraid to venture into the other styles and mediums. This will grow your talent and enhance the areas that you already are good at.
Heath Ledger was always a mystery to me in terms of the person, he always seemed very reserved and quiet when it came to the Hollywood life. His acting style is one of my favorites and will stand the test of time in the brief moment he graced the silver screen. To celebrate his life I chose to do this digital painting of him, and hope that I did it justice.
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Just like with a musical instrument there are multiple ways to practice and get “seasoned” in what you do. With drums they recommend to play on a regular practice pad to warm up and to get quicker/stronger, than to go to the full drum kit. Alternating this as a regular discipline will get you to your goal of mastering that certain activity faster with more consistancy. This is no different with the Graphic Design world, I have learned that in order to be as effective as you can you have to regulary practice different types of mediums in art. This might consist of painting on an actual canvas with oil based/ acrylic paints, and after doing the same things in Photoshop/Corel or drawing with pencil and paper and transfering those same techniques with a Wacom tablet in said programs.
I try to always start out with sketches of the designs I’m trying to pull out of my head, not only is the process fast and allows you to leak your imagination but it also gives the visual stimulus to add or erase right on the spot. You dont need to worry about being to messy or precise with your strokes, just let your mind flow to the paper and then you can put that into your program of choice for refinement.
Here are examples of very quick sketches:
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Starting out was a little overwhelming at first, not only was this a new product for me but to look up instead of down while I did my drawings was a new sensation. It was definitely a learning curve to get a comfortable brush stroke with the lack of true resistance you get with a pencil and paper. But I pushed on and took a deep breath and these are a couple of the very first pieces that I came up with.
Experimenting with something that was challenging was the goal for me at the time; something with a mix of solid precise lines but with a blend of shadowing and organic matter in there. Blending of colors was foreign to me as well, how would I achieve this feat and would the tablet allow a efficient workflow to complete this without taking an eternity.