When I create a custom portrait for someone, I first give them a “concept design”. This is the proposal for the basic structure of the painting to see if they like my idea.
I combine pictures of their animal with whimsical elements that are symbolic to the owner.
Recently, I moved to creating these concept sketches digitally, which makes the process much quicker and more fluid.
For Stella’s concept, I decided to record my screen as I did it so you could see the process!
The original digital drawing took me about an hour and a half to do, but I’ve time lapsed the video down to just under two and a half minutes.
As you can see, it starts out a little questionable and requires lots of layers. The technique of laying down color is actually pretty similar to painting in oils or acrylics.
I had a lot of fun with this one and can’t wait to do the actual painting!
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