Paint a fantasy portrait
Put your references, mood boards and sketchbooks to one side, and see how visualises a fantasy female portrait from scratch
ainting a portrait from imagination is a tricky beast! There are so many variables when it comes to pulling off an effective image. When working without a reference or clear goal it can be easy to become lost and disheartened, so I hope by showing my own chaotic workflow I might be able to offer some pointers or at least some reassurance that it doesn’t always go to plan.
My approach will assume a little basic knowledge of the structure of the head
Pand some understanding of fundamental drawing principals. If you find it impossible to draw from imagination those are the things you have to get down first. Go outside and fill some sketchbooks with studies from photos and from life and you will greatly improve your ability to paint from your head.
In this workshop I’ll give a general outline of my process and some of my personal favourite techniques in Photoshop. Normally, I’d put some work into layer management and keeping all the different elements separate, but I’ve been doing so much traditional work recently that I’ll aim to work on as few layers as possible, merging every now and then to keep track of progress. You might want to think about using a more ordered method with layer masks if you want to involve any complex elements. However, if you’re new to digital and find some of that stuff a little intimidating, don’t worry: you can still find ways to achieve interesting results with a relatively simple workflow and persistence.