Sculpt­ing the per­fect por­trait

Dig­i­tal artist Te Hu shows you how to mix dig­i­tal wa­ter­colours to un­cover the por­trait in an open can­vas of ab­stract shapes and colours

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Wa­ter­colour as a tra­di­tional me­dia of­fers artists a par­tic­u­larly ex­pres­sive power. With prac­tice and ded­i­ca­tion, it’s pos­si­ble to mix colour and wa­ter in such a way as to cre­ate fan­tas­tic, translu­cent works. In the dig­i­tal realm, Painter 11 is rightly popular for its wa­ter­colour-based tools that do a great job of sim­u­lat­ing th­ese ad­van­tages of real-life paint. Thanks to the dig­i­tal can­vas, we can also be more ex­per­i­men­tal when mix­ing ma­te­ri­als and tex­tures, which are easy to ad­just as we go. Art, to me, is an on­go­ing process of ad­ven­ture and ex­plo­ration. I don’t like to line-draw sketches first and then paint over them. I think paint­ing should be fun from start to fin­ish. I’ll of­ten just let my emo­tions guide the flow of colours and at­tempt to find in­ter­est­ing shapes and pat­terns along the way to cre­ate some­thing more de­fined. I tend to liken it to sculp­ture, where it’s pos­si­ble to take a piece of clay or mar­ble and find the master­piece inside.

In this work­shop, I’m go­ing to show you how I use dig­i­tal wa­ter­colour tools to ex­tract a sub­ject from ab­stract shapes and colours and even­tu­ally end up with a fully de­vel­oped por­trait. Us­ing some of the meth­ods and tech­niques you’ll see in the fol­low­ing pages, you too will be ready to ex­per­i­ment with the ba­sic tools in Painter and ArtRage to craft crea­tures, por­traits, and even en­tire scenes.

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