Making of Tisha’s Portrait

This is just to show how I do my portraits. I’ve found a new way to do it that I find works better than how I was doing it. Before, I would sketch out every detail in pencil before starting with the copic markers. Another thing I used to do is outline everything, like a comic book. However, I find this way better and more natural.

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I started with an quick outline. The picture she sent me to use was a selfie, so I had to sketch around and through where her phone and hand was. Just a quick sketch of her head without too much detail. This wasn’t my final sketch, as I had to adjust her nose and it took me a few tries to get her lips right.

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I did the glasses first. Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of that process. But I used the neutral grays for the glasses, then a white out pen for the white reflections. For her face, I used the warm gray set. This was before blending the colors better, so the shadows are more in contrast than I ended up with. Usually, I blend and blend until there are multiple layers. Sometimes there are between five and six layers of color.

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This was the first layer for the hair. I am again using the neutral grays. I had a hard time with her hair because of the way it picks up light. I also blended the colors of her face more and added white highlights to it.

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Three layers into the hair and it’s starting to come together. I’ve started adding in Sharpie for the darkest parts that I don’t want to blend, like the tips and the strands up at the top. I did a about eleven layers of blending before I was happy with the hair.

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The final picture. While I am happy with it, there are things I don’t like about it. But she’s happy with it, and that’s all that matters.

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