art, artwork, digital painting, face, Head Bust, human, portrait, self portrait

Male Head, Mustache (Value Painting)

head portrait caucasian 30s roman nose blue eyes blond black and white painting realist portrait

My fifth head value painting sketch. I use my own face as a reference this time but added a mustache and thick eyebrows. I try to keep them around a hour but I went over by one with this one.

Time Spent: About 2 hours

Painted in Photoshop
Copyright 2013 Maugryph

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The Promise

concept ocean landscape dynamic sunset black and white photo painting 3d shadow chiaroscuro landscape landscape painting fantasy tower in water girl man patting on her back

For this painting I wanted to tell  some story between the two characters in the foreground and paint a ocean\sunset scene with some sort of stone structures protruding out of the water. I was surprised how quickly I was able to paint this. It took me about three hours to complete. I didn’t smudge this time to blend. Instead I used as soft round brush like a airbrush.  I enjoy value painting so much.  Let me know what you think 🙂

Update: Shrunk down the birds on the tower as they where too big. Lighted up the sides, made it too dark. Cleaned up the tower farthest in the distance

Created in Photoshop
Time Spent Painting: 3 hours.
Copyright 2013 Maugryph

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Heroic Head

head portrait heroic head macho portrait digital artwork painting

More head practice. This time a value sketch of man’s head. I wanted him to look more heroic so I exaggerated some features like the cheekbones and the cleft chin yet I still wanted to look grounded in real life. I spent about 30 minutes on him more or less. I really enjoy painting in Photoshop since I have learned that you can change the opacity of the brush by pressing the numbers key a few months ago. I do my best to imitate gouache when painting and constantly change the opacity of the paint. Gouache (solid watercolors out of a tube with gum added) is what I used to paint in before I went digital. I tried acrylics in the past and disliked it and oils bothered my skin .  It kinda feels like gouache minus the mess and you get layers (unlike real gouache the will actually flakes off if you apply too much on top) 😀

Time spend: 30 minutes
Photoshop
copyright 2013 Maugryph

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Head Value Sketch 2-16

head study woman face quick sketch value study tonal sketch black and white

Started to do quick tonal sketches of heads. Here is head one. I stuck with just gray scale so to just focus on the form and not get distracted with color. I avoided line and instead built up paint strokes to get the form, that method appears to work better for me. It came out much better then my last head drawing. Hopefully after 20 of these things I should be more confident and make less mistakes. (hopefully). I didn’t feel like blending the paint today. Feel free to comment.

Created in Photoshop.

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Dean the Dragon (Head Portrait + Avatar)

orange dragon head smiling traditional easy to read
orange dragon head smiling traditional easy to read

Update: Modified the avatar to appear more ‘dragony’ and less anthropomorphic.  Didn’t feel like double posting.

Yesterday, I decided to create a new avatar image. The character I often use as a avatar is Dean the Dragon, a original character of mine. Originally it was just going to be a simple cartoonly color drawing. But when I finished it, I felt that I returned to my old ways and bad habits of using symbols instead of using form and value. So i converted it to a value painting. A color value painting. Granted it could be popped out more and I missed a highlight on the ear, but it came out rather well for the amount of time I spent on him and since it wont be bigger then 128 pixels on most sites, it should work well.

Created in Photoshop
Copyright 2013 Maugryph
Time Spent: 2 hours

 

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Monstrous squid attacking two sea divers

monstourious squid attacking two divers underwater

When I started this painting, the central character was something totally different and the setting was in Egypt. I wasn’t satisfied so I continued to change the image to a underwater scene with a vicious squid. It was fun to draw the details. Apparently they *Almost* made it to the surface..

Title: Monstrous Squid Attacking Two Sea Divers
Copyright 2013 Maugryph
Tools Used: Photoshop
Time Taken: 4 hours