Paint a strong fan­tasy por­trait

Tara Phillips guides you through her process of paint­ing a cap­ti­vat­ing por­trait. Fas­ten your cloaks and join her on this cre­ative ad­ven­ture!

ImagineFX - - Workshops | In Depth Fantasy Portrait -

Wel­come to my sec­ond Imag­ineFX work­shop! I’m thrilled to be able to show you through my cre­ative process again. This time, in­volv­ing two of my favourite things: the fan­tasy genre and por­trai­ture! Both have been a fo­cus of mine since my awk­ward teen years on Elf­ (RIP) and hold a spe­cial place in my heart.

When the Imag­ineFX team ap­proached me with this com­mis­sion, the brief was fairly open: paint a fan­tasy por­trait. My mind, of course, ran wild with fan­tas­ti­cal ideas. With some ef­fort, I fi­nally set­tled on paint­ing an el­ven maiden as my sub­ject. A woman of wealth and so­phis­ti­ca­tion who, by some hap­pen­stance, is trav­el­ling the moun­tain­side.

Over the next few pages I’ll be guid­ing you through my process of cre­at­ing a cap­ti­vat­ing fan­tasy por­trait. Start­ing with my ini­tial sketch, I’ll show you a va­ri­ety of tech­niques that you can use in your own art process. From con­cise line work through to adding depth and colour, I’ll show you the var­i­ous steps I take that en­able me to cre­ate a com­pelling fan­tasy por­trait.

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