Monday, 25 August 2008

Back to the drawing board

I'm still trying to decide upon my next creative venture.  High on my list of possibles was portraiture, so I decided to give it a whirl today to see if I could produce anything of value.  This is the result:


I'm worried that it fails its most fundamental goal because I don't think it's obvious who it's supposed to be.  Can you tell?  If so, was she (I hope I'm safe in stating that it's a woman) instantly recognisable or did you have to think about it?  I'd appreciate some feedback because I've been staring at it too long to be objective.

Either way, I've certainly succeeded in sucking out all the soul and beauty of the original photograph I worked from.  Capturing a person's spirit is harder than I thought.

6 comments:

editingrequired said...

i think it might be natalie portman, but i might be wrong...
i often am...

Ariane said...

I knew it was Natalie Portman! I had to think about it for a few seconds but it's really good. Seriously. How did you do it?

Josh said...

For what it's worth, I like it. My first guess was Scarlet Johanson but to be perfectly frank, I'd have difficulty telling them apart from a photograph. They seem to be in the same genre of person.

Do tell, do did you make it?

Graham said...

Yes, it's supposed to be Natalie Portman. After posting the picture I did some more work on it and it looks a lot better now (she looks like she's got a black eye in this version), but plenty more practice is required.

I painted it directly into Photoshop using my Cintiq. If you want to see how it should be done, check this out.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Jordan to me.

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