Paint a Portrait in Photoshop: Blank Canvas to Finished Illustration

Gabrielle Brickey, 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

Project Description

Paint a digital portrait

ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment is to get inspired and create a digital portrait painting in photoshop! By doing the project, you will learn how to find a reference, make thumbnail options of your piece, and quickly mass in your painting with values. You will also learn how to fix your proportions for more accurate drawing, add details to the facial features, and use edges to create atmosphere. Finally, you will learn how to add blending modes, textures, and effects to your painting. 

Upload and share your art with the class at any of these stages!

  • Images of your reference or options you are considering 
  • Thumbnails of your reference
  • Values
  • Drawing and Details
  • Edges
  • Textures and Blending Modes
  • Your finished piece

RESOURCES

Materials:

Adobe Photoshop free trial

Wacom Tablets

Wacom Drivers

Brushes & Textures

Stock:

Female Stock

Male Stock

Shutterstock

Public Domain Images

Textures

Books & Classes:

Start Drawing: Techniques for Pencil Portraits

The Artist’s Complete Guide to Drawing the Head

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