Friday, January 20, 2012
In this portrait, I used relatively few tools. I mainly used dry brush and posterization. The dry brush tool gives the portrait the rough edges and the appearance of a painting. The posterization is responsible for the vast range of color and contrast within the photo. For an extra touch, I add a multicolor star stamp to the center of my eyes. This is one of my favorite portraits because of the dramatic effect of only using a few tools as well as the bright, eye-catching colors.
The second portrait includes a vast number of tools. One major technique I used was creating multiple layers of key features, such as the eyes and the mouth. I also used liquify, bulge, stained glass, paint daubs, colored pencil, halftone, and others. As this was the final of a progression six self-portraits, I meant the result to be very abstract. This piece is one of my favorites because it is practically unrecognizable and uses multiple tools and layers to achieve a very unique, dramatic effect.