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Day 53: Elizabeth Taylor Portrait 2 ways

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

For today’s project I wanted to pay homage to Elizabeth Taylor who, incase you’ve been living under a rock the past week or so, passed away on Wednesday, March 23. (That youtube link is a tribute from a few years ago, but I think who better than Paul Newman to talk about her!).

I started with this photograph, which I absolutely love!

She was so dang classy and beautiful! Anyways, I started at first doing a portrait with colored pencil. I realized very quickly that I absolutely fail at drawing hands! So I just quickly drew her face, but I wanted to show you what I did in very a short time period.

I clearly had some issues with this… eyes going the wrong direction, mouth too pursed… she looks more pissed than sultry haha!! So I decided to do another iteration of it. For this one, I wanted to do it digitally in photoshop. I had seen this done before in another 365 project that I can’t for the life of me remember the name of, where the guy would use photoshop and other software to create portraits every day. He usually, if I remember correctly, started off with an image and her would trace it in photoshop or whatever so he could get everything right. I did the same, working in layers with the opacity turned way down, and I also used the color picker to make sure the shades were right. All the drawing was done with different sizes in the paintbrush tool. Here’s the final result.


Here’s a side by side so you can see the difference.

I still had a lot of issues with the hand, but I think it turned out okay. I ended up leaving out the thumb because it was causing me a lot of trouble, but I think it’s fine without it!

You would think that this wouldn’t take very long since I was essentially just tracing the image, but it was a lot harder than I thought! Controlling the motion of the strokes is super difficult (wish my usb mouse wasn’t broken…) on a track pad, not to mention getting the shades just right, even with the color picker! It ended up taking me about 3.5 hours to finish after experimenting with it some last night!! I am very very happy with how it turned out, though! I think that I will probably try this method of portraiture again!

Rest in peace, Liz! You will be missed!

Anna Grace

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