Portrait Practice

Portrait Practice - student project

This was such a great challenge! 

First of all, I started my sketch by painting the planes of the face, which was a first for me. It's a great way to block in colors before rendering all the details. 

Portrait Practice - image 1 - student project

Usually I don't give too much thought to the lighting in my pieces, so this exercise was very helpful. I didn't want to overdo it so i stopped after around 2h30 of rendering -- I'll keep practicing and i'll be adding more paintings when I have the time :) I have so much ideas with interesting lighting and shadow scenarios! 

- done in Photoshop, with photo reference -

Here's my process (time lapse video) 

Portrait Practice - image 2 - student project

Here's another one, with a more natural light; i tried a different technique for the lighting (in the previous portrait it was mostly a blending layer on top of the painting) and i mostly used one soft round brush.

- 1h40 in Photoshop, with photo reference -

time lapse process

Margarita Bourkova

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