Paint a Portrait in Photoshop: Blank Canvas to Finished Illustration

Gabrielle DeCesaris, Portrait Artist- ArtworkbyGabrielle.com

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10 Videos (47m)
    • Introduction

      1:22
    • Materials

      0:32
    • Photoshop Interface and Tools

      7:14
    • Tablet Properties

      2:12
    • Finding and Editing a Reference

      6:22
    • Values

      7:52
    • Drawing & Details

      8:59
    • Edges

      4:48
    • Finishing Touches

      5:31
    • Closing Thoughts

      1:40

About This Class

Learn how to create a beautiful portrait in Photoshop! From set up to finished drawing, Gabrielle will walk you through the steps of making a realistic portrait. Using Photoshop CC and a pen tablet, learn how to create a work of art!

From finding references, to creating thumbnail designs, Gabrielle will show you how to plan your composition. Then from that solid foundation, Gabrielle will demonstrate how to paint with values, draw detailed anatomy, and how to soften and harden your edges.

After that, learn about blending modes, how to add finishing touches like skin texture, and how to save your files for display on the internet.

Check out Start Drawing: Techniques for Pencil Portraits first for more in depth lessons on how to draw the portrait anatomy and planes of the face, then join in and try your hand at painting a digital portrait in this instructive class!

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this is awesome and very useful please watch this for better idea about digital painting
Painting a portrait is complicated: there's not much of a trick to it other than "start adding brushes until you have enough of them in the right places", so it's very difficult to explain. If you have some drawing experience, then this class should work for you: it shows you how it's done, how the tools work, and then it's up to you to practice over and over. Seeing an actual artist do it while walking you through the process is as good as it gets. I definitely recommend the course. Just remember that practice makes the master!
She was great at giving direction, straight forward, and easy to watch and listen to. Also, she has skill.

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Gabrielle DeCesaris

Portrait Artist- ArtworkbyGabrielle.com

Gabrielle is an exciting artist who is gaining attention in the art world.

Her love for exploring different materials has made her proficient in creating artworks using a variety of mediums, including charcoal, graphite, pastel, oil paints, markers, and digital media. Her distinctive style has garnered her numerous commissioned works as well.

Gabrielle has an Associates Degree in Visual Arts. In college and in her training with art professionals, she has taken a variety of art courses, including two and three dimensional design, color theory, portraiture, figure drawing, and painting.

Devoted to her craft, Gabrielle is always pushing her skills and learning new techniques by creating art every day. She is also currently a member of a life drawing group, where she practices painting with a live model and fellow artists. 

Driven by the amazing qualities of the human form and face, Gabrielle hopes to record the beauty of life in her art for others to enjoy.

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