July 22, 2017

Willie Nelson - digital portrait

I used slightly different techniques for this portrait than for the previous one. I will explain them once I have become more experienced in creating digital portraits. Until now I am mostly experimenting. I selected Nelson because he has an interesting head and a matching personality. I don't like smooth faces; they're no challenge to paint. I always try to put an emphasis on the main features of the subject's face, which leads to differences from the reference material, without losing the person's likeness. Typical facial features are subtly exaggerated. As usual, the oldest stage on the bottom and newest one on top.

Tip for desktop computer users: click on one of the images, which will lead you to the Blogger Lightbox. Use the mouse scroll wheel to switch between the various stages, so that you can see the differences between them.

Intermediate color test 01