I’m always the most convenient portrait to draw, so I decided to use the shapes of my face to create a portrait that gets lost and found in shapes, lines, and colors. I used layers, brightness/contrast, and hue/saturation to modify the drawing and original photo. I altered the opacity of all of the layers in order to blur their lines. The original photo is not a part of the final drawing. I created this on Photoshop to make a 11″x14″ 300 dpi print. I’ll take you through the process:
I decided on this for the final image because there is enough ambiguity to the shapes to make a viewer look twice (I think), but also enough clarity for viewers to piece together a face/person. I wonder how this would work if I combined two images. I kind of combined two images, but the second image I decided on (in addition to the portrait) was not based on a reference image. The sky portion was completely dependant on the shapes of the portrait. I just used the idea of sky to add lines and layers that would complicate the portrait’s lines enough to create a sense of unity.
The image below is the same as above, except I changed the brightness/contrast so that the layers are more evident.
I started with the shapes of (and surrounding) the face:
And then I echoed those shapes with background and foreground lines. They’re simple lines, mostly sweeping from one side of the page to the other:
This is where it gets a bit embarrassing, but oh well. When I decided I wanted to make waves/clouds the pseudo second image, I changed the colors of my face (the hue) to a bluer tone:
The first lines I drew were traces of the positive/negative spaces of brightest/contrast=modified photo:
The below image is a photo that I started with on the computer, but which I had already edited on my phone. On my phone, I edited the photo for clarity, and then I added a lens that emphasized the different shapes/shades in the face. Again, this is a bit embarrassing (because I do not find this photo flattering, and I edited the photo so I could draw it, not so others could see it…though I suppose I knew I’d end up posting it here anyway…):
Was this interesting? Why? What information did I leave out that you would like to learn more about? Can I start swearing in my posts? I deleted so many expletives while revising my explanation to be user-friendly.
Do you like the final image? Where did I go wrong?
Am I asking too many questions?