December 30, 2015

Andre Hazes freehand airbush portrait

Andre Hazes is a Dutch balad singer who had a powerful, tremelous voice. Sadly, he passed away a few years ago. I am currently working on a freehand airbrush portrait of him, the sequence of which is shown on this page - newest update on top. The airbrush I used is an Iwata HP-BH and the paint is Inspire H2O. The surface is a 30 x 40 cm linen structure paper. I haven't got as much time as I would like to have to work on the portrait, so progress may be somewhat slow. Had I had the time, I could probably finish it in one or two days, working continuously.





Virtually framed in 3D





Jan 07 2016 - adding dark accents




Third framing option





Second framing option





Though not finished yet, thinking of framing options





Jan 5 2016 - texture detailing & balancing areas





Jan 24 2016 - day light photograph





Jan 4 2016 - artificial light photograph





Jan 3 2016 - glazing with diluted brown, orange and red hues





Jan 2 2016 - artificial lighting - first shades of orange application





Jan 01 2016 - daylight photo - cheek correction & hair detailing






Update Dec 31 2015 - started work on skin texture




Dec 30 2015 artificial lighting




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September 11, 2015

'Tribe gathering' - work in progress

An other digital work. Huion 610 Pro tablet + Corel PhotoPaint X6. Newest update on top. Inspired by a fabulous painting of the great Howard Terpning. Original is a lot bigger than images placed on this page. When finished I will have a limited edition of giclee prints made, that I will detail further manually with the airbrush so that each peace is unique and signed.





















































August 30, 2015

Lakota warrior 'Kills First' on Huion tablet

After creating trial cartoons and impressionistic portraits on the Huion 610 Pro Drawing Tablet I thought I'd try a realistic color portrait. Reference image was a small B&W photograph of Lakota warrior 'Kills First' (...). The image I am working on is large enough to make giclee prints. Below you see the sequence of this portrait; the newest phase on top. At this point I am making the drawing after which I will apply detailed textures. I am thinking of making a photo-realistic version and a more impressionistic version for print. I may touch up the prints with an analog airbrush afterwards. 



























August 28, 2015

Kiowa warrior - digital painting

I picked up my Huion digital drawing tablet again. It has certain advantages over creating analog art, in particular airbrushing. If you project drawings to trace, you need to print the reference image, digital does not require this. Undoing or changing parts of the painting is easy in digital art. If your not sure if a change will work well, just save the image and experiment on the copy; if things go wrong, you can always revert to the saved image.

If hue, contrast etc. are not to your liking, you can change it any time. It is also possible to work in layers that can be turned on or off at will or given a filtered or unfiltered transparency. Working on minute detail is easy with digital tools; just zoom in to increase control. Correcting mistakes is as easy as pushing Control + Z on the keyboard and there is no 'blue shift' when covering colors with white lines or areas as is the case in analog airbrushing.

Below are some of the steps I recorded. The oldest phase is at the bottom and the newer ones about that. The drawing was based on a painting of the fabulous Howard Terpning who created an absolutely fabulous portfolio. Mr. Terpning never ceases to inspire me and his art is never matched by any photograph. He is in an elevated category of his own.