As a bit of practice I do random portraits of my friends on Facebook, based on their photos. Most of them are overseas so I find it difficult to sit them down to do a proper portrait. having said this, I don’t even do that with my friends who live nearby!
This one is based on a friend in Canada who has a thing for Star Wars. I decided to put her in the female version of Boba Fett’s outfit. As always, there’s a sketch of sorts. This one was a little more detailed because I had to stay true to Boba Fett’s outfit – so i left in more details and references.
The background was pretty simple. I had a reference of an explosion on another screen which I used as a guide. I didn’t want it to be too realistically detailed because these portrait pieces are meant to be fast and loose. I dropped some block colour on the character and then adjusted it with some Color Balance to match the reds and oranges of the explosion. The greens got darker, the greys got brown.
After painting the body, I finally started working on the head. Unfortunately I had to actually think about this one, because she had to photos of herself being lit from behind, so there was a fair bit of guess-work involved on casting light and shadow. I also took her neck down eventually – for some reason I like drawing long necks …
As always, the final image had a Brightness/Contrast adjustment because I was working in muted tones for too long. Anyone else notice how your eyes just get used to the dull tones and colours, until you walk away and come back to the image much latera and go WTF? 🙂