Sep 19, 2011

Illustration Portrait: The Process

The original photograph by Milton Greene in black and white only, I used colour photographs of Marilyn as reference for her colouring. 

Done in Photoshop CS3 using Wacom over approx 3 days.

basic sketch

block in shapes

skin tones

reference picture of different pose helps with her colouring

Cigarette and more depth to shadows

lips and teeth- a challenge to avoid tombstone syndrome

eyes and eyebrow with rough sketch for guidance

The cardi- pale blue own choice to compliment her hair and pale complexion

Blocking in hair and tonal values

Softening the hair

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