I’ve been doing lots of quick studies lately, but I decided to transform one of then into my first (and maybe last) attempt at hight realism with an image of Miss Natalie Portman.
I am very satisfied with the result as almost for the first time I performed 90% of the work in Painter, using only a custom brush very similar to those of the Oil Pastels category, it leaves a nice texture and putting a low pressure it blends the colors greatly, I have also used a sparkled brush to detail and sculpt the shapes and the airbrush only for the strong peak lights.Even so the final adjustments and textures have been added in Photoshop as usual.
No idea how many hours it has taken me to finishing it, I have worked in and of on it about 4 days along the last week.Painted from scratch,no overpainting or tracing involved,colours picked by eye.
I upload too some detail close-ups and some steps of the process of creation in my blog http://omarportfolio.blogspot.com/
original image :http://img.listal.com/image/440551/936full-natalie-portman.jpg