Melissa De Nobrega

Graphic designer & Illustrator

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Project Phoebe

This was my first attempt at creating an actual digital portrait. I started off by finding a few possible subjects to paint (using Google), and out of the lot chose this one:

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Credit: Phoebe Tonkin for Gritty Pretty

Next step, thumbnails!

I have to be honest, I struggled really hard in creating thumbnails by just altering the hair. My hair painting skills are totally not up to par (as you can see below). So anyhow, I ended up trying to create different characters by playing around with some of the facial features (mostly the brows, because I do love a good eyebrow!) and trying out different canvas sizes and compositions.

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I chose the first one and did a few renditions of the thumbnail as a blurred image and another posterised. After that I started painting!

I've included minimal progress shots during the paint session (because I got a bit carried away with the painting bit and forgot to take screenshots) and of course, the final pic is at the end of my post.

When it comes to the style of the painting, I wanted it to look somewhat realistic, however I love digital paintings that still feel like traditional paintings. I wanted to keep some brush strokes in and not completely smooth everything out. For a first painting, I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. This class has been an absolute pleasure – thanks so much!

Please enjoy, and I welcome your feedback a million times over!

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Thanks for checking out my work! Cheers :)

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