Can you help me paint a stylised por­trait with­out re­ly­ing too much on re­al­ism?

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Wo­jtek replies

It’s all about strik­ing the right bal­ance be­tween styli­sa­tion and re­al­ism. Most of the time styli­sa­tion means sim­pli­fy­ing or ex­ag­ger­at­ing, tak­ing away what’s un­nec­es­sary to make room for your cho­sen fea­tures and themes. In con­trast, re­al­ism means de­pict­ing things as they are.

To cre­ate a con­vinc­ing stylised paint­ing you need to iden­tify what to take out of the re­al­is­tic im­age you’re in­ter­pret­ing and twist it to your own tastes and vi­sion. It can mean stylis­ing shapes, ex­ag­ger­at­ing colours or play­ing around with the anatomy, for ex­am­ple. Ask your­self what do you like about this im­age, and what could you elim­i­nate or tweak but still stay true to its essence. Mak­ing th­ese bold de­ci­sions and be­ing con­fi­dent about them is cru­cial to a suc­cess­ful stylised art­work.

In my Low Poly por­trait se­ries ev­ery­thing in my paint­ing will be ei­ther a straight line or a tri­an­gu­lar shape. I used to hear opin­ions that it’s im­pos­si­ble to cre­ate a fem­i­nine por­trait with­out curves, so I made it a chal­lenge for my­self to prove the op­po­site. Set­ting up a few strong rules be­fore you start paint­ing will save you a lot of time later on, and will make your art­work stand out. Don’t be afraid of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, and stick to what you’ve planned in the first place!

Once I have my sketch I think about the shape de­sign and the gen­eral

com­po­si­tion. I’m build­ing on top of what

I’ve es­tab­lished.

I ap­proach my por­trait just as I would a logo. I want some­thing bold and unique, and I want it to com­mu­ni­cate a cer­tain mood.

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