Portrait Illustration

Portrait Illustration - student project

First of all, Thank you very much for this class!


I definitely enjoyed it very much :).


I found that the principles taught in this class were applicable when doing a portrait of my budgie as well ;).


The original photo that I used as reference is included, as well as some pictures of my process.   I opted to use a grid as a guide for drawing in order to depict a more accurate portrait.


I am quite proud of the result :).


This is the reference image I used:

Portrait Illustration - image 1 - student project


I started by using a grid to draw the outlines of the budgie.  At first, I did it very roughly, below is a more refined sketch:

Portrait Illustration - image 2 - student project


The grid was done on a separate layer, so here is the basic sketch without the grid:


Portrait Illustration - image 3 - student project


When the paint was all laid in, this is what it looked like:


Portrait Illustration - image 4 - student project


After I was satisfied with the way the budgie looked, I added the extra details and effects.

The final illustration:


Portrait Illustration - image 5 - student project



Susara Van Niekerk
Artist, Designer, Lover of Life