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Franz Kafka Portrait Speed Painting

franz kefka painting metamorphis cockroach

My attempt to paint Franz Kafka. A novelist who is remembered for his story “The Metamorphosis” about a man who mysteriously turns into a cockroach. I experimented with a different way to approach painting in Photoshop. Instead of manually changing the transparency of the brush with the number keys, I first set the transparency by pen pressure. Then after laying some tone down I would make the brush opaque and simply use the eyedropper tool to blend different tones together. found it much quicker then the way I was previously doing it.  The next day I worked on it for about 10 to 15 minutes and cleaned up the sketch to make it a more finished drawing (although it would need more work done before it was ‘finished’) but forgot to record it. Doh!

I’ve been fighting a cold this weekend so I been hard to urge myself to draw. I should probity start painting celebrities that people actually know.  I think I also need to not just ‘stop’ painting when I go past my time goal. If I think the painting is going along well, I need to just finish it. My portfolio is begging me to do that.

Here is the more refined version. I might someday make this a finished painting. It does look like Kafka but for some reason I made him look somewhat ominous and intense. I don’t know why I did that. I was over exaggerating his big nose and had to size it down. I used a photo from Wikimedia as a reference

 

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2 thoughts on “Franz Kafka Portrait Speed Painting”

  1. Cool. I read the Metamorphosis recently and liked it. I’m currently part way through The Trial, but I’m struggling with it. The protagonist is a bit of a dick.
    Can I suggest that you edit these speed painting videos to play back at faster speed? Maybe at least 4x … Just for us people with short attention spans (ie. all of the internet :p)

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