A few months ago as I was planning my next Photoshop painting project I decided to do something big that I’d never tried before: a full-size portrait that could be printed and framed, just like a “real” painting. I was waiting for the right inspiration to come along when a friend posted a great photo on FB. The pose, expression, texture, and colors were all perfect, and she graciously agreed to let me use the picture as a model.
I worked off and on for several months, mostly just putting in an hour or so a day here and there. I used only one PS brush: soft round. I was inspired a bit by the style of Art Deco paintings, especially their elegant mood. I tried to create a realistic facial expression, with the sweater and background being much more abstract so that they don’t take away the viewer’s attention.
The Photoshop file actually covers almost three computer screens when zoomed to full size. One of the big challenges of this project was working on such a large “canvas,” all the while keeping both the details and overall proportions intact.
I had the finished product printed on gallery-grade matte canvas to give it even more the feeling of an oil painting. The texture of the canvas really gives it depth and makes the painting come alive when you see it in person. It’s fairly large and measures about 9×12 inches.
I had an amazing time creating this and I’m already excited about the next project!