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Making of 'Self Portrait'

By Dominus
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Date Added: 9th December 2009
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I think that every artist has done a self portrait at some point or other, as it is the closest thing you have for reference: yourself. It's a challenge and it shows in the end how you, the artist, see yourself. I've done just a few self portraits in the past; mostly I work freelance on character concepts and illustrations which leave me with little time for myself, but when I do get some spare time I like to experiment and make a challenge for myself by doing something better than the last time. Being a big Android fan, I decided to look at his works a bit more to try and understand where he started, how he created his pictures, and what the steps were...

First of all, I must say that this piece was not intended as an accurate self portrait, but rather as an experiment of new techniques learned from Andrew Jones. OK, so let's get started...

This is something new for me, by which I mean that the portrait is not really my style. I don't believe that I have a particular style, though, but I do like to experiment from time to time in order to find new ways, techniques and new tricks. This portrait was created after I studied the way Android creates his digital artworks, and decided not to copy, but to understand how he made them whilst creating something of my own. I decided to create a portrait, but wanted to make it more entertaining, so I began with a not-very-accurate self portrait...

On a new layer, I blocked in the shape of the head and face with random lines. Well, actually, there were not so random as I tried to keep a centre of interest. Following that, I lowered the opacity a little (Fig.01).

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Fig. 01

On another new layer, I drew the basic contour of the face and head and added some small details, like the crazy hair and some shadows. I named this layer, "drawing" (Fig.02 - 03).

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Fig. 02
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Fig. 03


Yet another layer was created, under the first two, where I start spreading around random custom brushes. I experimented some more and, when I thought it was enough, I created another layer, set it to Overlay, and began the colour process by filling the layer with a saturated blue. Then, with a soft eraser, I deleted some parts of the blue layer so that some of the red layer nicely blended with the blue one (Fig.04 - 06).

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Fig. 04

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(ID: 194876, pid: 0) Marty on Mon, 29 April 2013 1:51pm
Very good. I'd like to know if you started from a photo of yours, a sketch or from scratch
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