This deadline was a great opportunity to work on my 3rd assignment for my pikaland course. We had to use a piece from a museum as inspiration. I chose this, from the Denver Art Museum:
I am in love with the colors, and how something about it is so modern even though it was made in the late 1800’s. So I decided to take the color scheme and use it for Elvis.
Step 1 was to draw a basic sketch, using various pictures of The King I found through google image search.
Here is where I am so far. I’m pretty happy with it…I think the face is coming along pretty well, and the hair is sufficiently shiny. Tomorrow I’ll work on his shirt, which will have similar colors to the guy above. And I might add some of that awesome graphic detail into the background, like that black triangle. What do you think?
Topic: Elvis Presley
Start Date: 5/14/12
I’m all shook up.
I decided not to add a background, because I kind of like how simple this is. I could see it in a magazine as is, maybe with text around it. Here are some detail shots, just because I think they’re pretty cool:
What do you think? Is this digital painting technique a path I should be following? Oh man. It just feels so different from the rest of my work so far, and that worries me. Or maybe it’s a great thing?? Maybe?
I started my Tina Fey portrait Saturday without much idea what I’d be doing. I’ve been feeling very easygoing about Photoshop lately, and much more interested in experimenting with it than I have been in the past, so I was excited to try my hand at more digital painting. Here is where I was after Saturday’s work session:
There was a 5-10 minute period in which the shading on her face looked amazing. I was so happy for myself! Then I overworked it of course, so I wasn’t happy with where I left it. So, Sunday, I added a layer over her face layer, and tried to be a bit looser:
Much better, no? Definitely a reasonable likeness.
Next I went in to her hair, starting with the shadows and highlights and working in as much detail as I could get without it looking too absurd.
I added the shirt just so I’d have some sense of the rest of her body. I’m pretty happy with the hair - it’s not perfect by any means, but it works. If I have time before my due date Wednesday, I hope to do something with her shirt and maybe even add a background…maybe Liz Lemon’s office on 30 Rock? What do you think?
Topic: Tina Fey
Start Date: 4/28/12
I sure have been doing lots of portraits of comedians lately.
Yes, it’s the last step from my process post. Yes, I didn’t change it at all since then. My bad, you guys. I kind of like it though…It’ll have to go on the pile of “I will fix this someday when I have time/inspiration”.
I had a little image in my head of how this one should come out, so I jumped right into my sketch.
Next, I colored everything in. I think the Kyle Chandler likeness was helped by the floppy hair, little eyes, and Panthers jacket. It’s not a perfect likeness, but I think it’ll do.
The flat colors were not working for me. I wanted it to look much more gritty. I tried doing some shading:
Yuck. Well, the face shading = yuck. The look is almost interesting, but because I’m just not excelling at fake painting in Photoshop, yuck. I do like the jacket texture however. I got rid of that layer, and added some simple shading to the face. Simple but a bit more gritty. I also added the text in the background, skewing it to make it look like it’s laying on the field.
I’m not finished, but I’m pretty happy with it. I can’t decide if I want to add details to the football players…I’m kind of liking them blobby, but am I just trying to avoid more work? That wouldn’t be any good…
Topic: Kyle Chandler
Start Date: 4/12/12
Fun fact: Kyle Chandler and Ron Livingstone are actually the same person.
This piece let me hit a whole bunch of my goals: (1) Much more complex (a background! A piece of furniture! Imagine that! Plus, some texture in the background, and on the couch cushions, and on the wood floor) (2) I did the whole thing in Photoshop (3) I did lots of perfecting the sketch before I started coloring it.
I guess it doesn’t look like Marilyn Monroe too too much, but I like to think that someone looking at it could figure out who it is…the mole, the blond curly hair, the outfit? Maybe? Whatevs. I’m pretty happy with it.
Marilyn Monroe - sneak peek
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