Work in Progress
I took some time to really think about what I wanted to do with my self portrait. I immediately crossed off the usual themes I normally use in my work (sci-fi, high-tech, space, and contrasting themes) and started thinking about myself, how I view myself, who I am and all that jazz.
I’m not sure when the idea of doing an older version of myself emerged out of all that (perhaps somewhere between all the seriousness and philosophical/introspective brainstorming), but it did and I started running with it.
My first couple of minutes after I found an image was spent arranging the image, fixing the canvas size, adding guidelines, etc. But when I was ready to start laying out the foundation, I ended up with only a couple minutes before I had to go do something. But this ended up to my advantage because I maximized those few minutes grabbing the most important lines, shapes, forms of my face.
I used the mouse and just clicked on a spot and then holding shift clicked on another location to connect the two points by a straight line. I could’ve used the Line Tool, but this kept everything simple and allowed me to just click away.
When I came back to work on it a couple hours later I used the mouse a little bit longer, but then picked up my stylus and went to work. The Canvas size is like 4500×2000 and I’m working at around 12.5% zoom, really focusing on form and shapes.
While working that small I started loosing details so I added a quick under painting on a new layer I placed underneath the sketch layers.
Establishing my value range.
I also duplicated my line work layer and placed the duplicate to multiply.
Also, started getting a weird Count Doku vibe. :(
That pea soup green was getting on my nerves, so I brushed in some color into the background and added some color to my clothes, not sure whether or not I want to keep the hoodie or go for another look. :/
Filling in the colors a bit more, still not sure what I’m doing with the clothing yet, just going with the flow.
I also started working at 25% zoom now.
Where I stopped this morning.
I really don’t want to recreate the foliage in my backyard, but I’m not sure what to do with this background. Between that and the clothing I need to come up with something. Most of those pink and purple colors will probably be pushed back once I start getting working in the details and probably at 50% zoom as I’ll be closer to putting in the textures. But I want a better idea of what I’m going to do with the clothes and background before I start doing details.
“It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.” -André Gide