The Art of Portraits

As some of you may know, I recent purchased a new tablet, the Wacom Cintiq Companion (here’s the full article). Well it’s been almost two months since I started using this and I have discovered that it’s perfect for creating portraits. The surface area and the stylus are perfect for this style of drawing.

For my software, I have been both a Photoshop and Illustrator user for over 20 years but neither gave me the fluidity I was looking for. Both of these applications are outstanding and perfect for pixel based art and vector based art respectively, but they both felt clumsy and awkward for pure drawing.

After trying a few different apps, I landed on an open source application I never heard of before called Krita. Krita takes the best drawing features of both Photoshop and Illustrator and bundles them into a single app. Being available on Windows and Mac platforms is also a plus since the Cintiq is windows based but my desktop computer is a Mac. And of course, being a free open source product doesn’t hurt either.

So the Cintiq partnered with Krita makes drawing an effortless and pleasant experience particularly for portrait painting. But who’s portrait to paint? This is where the real fun for me began. I wanted to do faces that are recognizable but not over done already. Marilyn Monroe and James Dean have been done millions of times and while every artist can certainly create a unique interpretation of familiar faces, I wanted to focus on something different. So I decided to research film faces that are a bit non traditional. Take a look and let me know what you think!

Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield

 

Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken

 

Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond

Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond

 

Quentin

Quentin Tarantino

 

Bette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson

Bette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson

 

Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched

Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched

 

So there are some of the recent ones.

If you’d like to take a look on my Society6 page for all the latest portraits.

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