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WHAT IS DIGITAL ART?

HOW I PRODUCE DIGITAL PORTRAITS

liver chestnut gelding original photo

beginning work on the portrait

1.  The original photo.  I use Adobe Photoshop to edit and enhance the photo and correct colours, to give me the maximum possible detail to work on.  I often edit out a distracting background.

2. In Corel Painter I create a low opacity duplicate of the photo, which becomes the digital 'canvas' I use for the portrait.  I then work with the photo on screen for reference, while I work over the copy.  This is what allows me to produce an accurate likeness.

I use a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet to allow me to reproduce authentic-looking brushstrokes.

chalk style portrait

chalk and charcoal style portrait

3.  I work freehand on the 'canvas'.  In this case I used digital chalks.

4.  I add further freehand detail, in this case digital charcoal.

5.  Finally I add some background colour again in digital chalks.

6.  When the portrait is complete, I apply a texture to give the appearance of paint on canvas, chalk on paper, or whatever is appropriate.  I then reopen the image in Adobe Photoshop, which gives me better control over colour-management, and print it on high-quality paper, using matte inks.

If you're interested in digital art, you might like to look at a more detailed example by clicking on A Detailed look at the Process.
 

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