Self portrait and digital painting
No science today, just a drawing. I like to think that I’m practicing my science storytelling skills though. I hope to incorporate illustration into some of my journalism in the future. I’ve already had the opportunity to illustrate a news story on katydid ears and why they are like our own. Today–inspired by a friend— I set out to paint something.
Since I love portraits and they are hard to do realistically I did one of those. My ever-present model is myself, so that’s who you see here:
My tools: a Wacom bamboo tablet, Sketchbook pro software and my entire Beatles collection.
I followed this tutorial for painting skin and looked at this tutorial for the hair. I’m okay with my skin, but less pleased with my hair. I ended up making the shadows darker at the last minute and adding more purple to my skin. Those steps made the whole portrait better. I have a blank, boring expression because that’s easier to draw and I was focused on practicing skin. There are so many colors in skin, reflections and texture. And since we are human, we can easily see when something looks wrong. I mostly just wanted this to look like me and look semi-realistic. I can work on giving myself a more lively face in the future.