Tak­ing the sketch and go­ing big

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - In Depth | Portrait Art -

Once I set­tle on a char­ac­ter that I want to push fur­ther I take the thumb­nail and place it in the Ref­er­ence win­dow. This is a great tool, which can be used ei­ther for ref­er­ences or pick­ing colours. The pur­pose of this step is to paint the por­trait as close as pos­si­ble to the orig­i­nal idea and com­po­si­tion, al­though changes are pos­si­ble fur­ther down the road, of course. Work­ing fast and rough at this point en­ables me to main­tain the fresh­ness and dy­namism of the paint­ing. I’m us­ing a big brush and a grainy pa­per tex­ture for block­ing the first shapes of what is go­ing to be a por­trait of a pi­rate with a very fine beard.

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