Monthly Archives: February 2014

Creative Habit: Portraits

Hello! Gosh, it’s been a while. I’ve been in the whirlwind of school and have neglected this blog. Now that I’m getting my bearings together, however, I’d like to start making another creative habit! This time I’m going to do two hour digital portraits. So here is my first one from last night. It took me approximately an hour and a half and it was done in Photoshop CS5 on a Yiynova MSP19u


This is Gena Rowlands one of my favorite actresses. This was based off an image of her in her leading role in the movie Gloria (1980). She reminds me a lot of of my late aunt Melissa who I miss dearly. 

For my technique I used brushes that I sampled myself from textures of mountains and rocks to sort of underlay her strength and solidity. I think I might try making my own brushes for these portraits using textures from photographs of things that are reminiscent of the person I’m painting. It wont show much and will be very subtle, but it reminds me of the spells of health and good feeling that my mother weaves into her food as she’s cooking. No one sees the symbols of protection and love that she stirs in with the spoon, but the feelings of warmth and hospitality are as real as ever.

This is one of my first attempts using color after my first creative habit as well as the start of my portrait painting class. I really wanted to approach this like I would a traditional painting. First, I made an evenly toned background with an umber-like color. I then took a dark umber and drew in the basic structure. Then I went ahead and put in a very basic value structure with the same color and followed with layers of color.



Sadly, when I was done with the painting, I realized that it was done in a resolution of 72. So the print will not be good. But it’s alright~! This is a practice piece. I am happy to have made as much progress as I have and would like to set a goal of completing one of these every weekend. 

Hope you stay tuned!