Monday, April 26, 2010

Portrait of Shayla

Since Shayla's birthday was yesterday, today I'm posting her portrait that I drew. I took a photo of Shayla, opened it in Photoshop and created a layer on top of her photo. I dialed the opacity back on the layer and used my Wacom pen to draw on top of the photo. I really liked how this turned out, especially the line quality. I will continue to experiment with this technique more in the future.


  1. I like this. I guess it looks like it could be photo referenced but you managed to keep it from looking outright traced. The sketchy quality gives it life I think. I've used this technique myself a couple times and I know that you still have to make a lot of decisions in regards to what to draw, what not to draw, and what to change.

  2. Thank you. Some people might consider this technique "tracing", but as you said, it's a little more involved than that. You're absolutely right about making decisions in regards to what to/not to draw. This was especially the case with her sweater pattern. I didn't want to "copy" exactly what was in the photo, but I wanted it to look "hand drawn". Also, it takes a certain level of skill to master the use of a Wacom tablet. I don't think just anybody could "trace" a photograph using a Wacom and get professional-looking results.

  3. I meant to comment on the sweater specifically. I like how you handled that.