Nowadays, the knowledge is everywhere. Online is a key to learning and master your skills. Paint My Photo wants to give away some easy tips on how to paint a portrait from your photo.
Get Procreate and Adobe Sketch
Yes, this session is based procreate, an app that is widely used nowadays to illustrate a cartoon or realistic painting. It is not a free app but it is not expensive at all. Another app is Adobe Sketch which is free. These two apps are perfect and sufficient to create a portrait from your photo.
Start to sketch your portrait
A custom digital portrait painting is easiest to sketch with the Adobe Sketch. You can import your photo to the app and create a new layer on top of the photo you imported then sketch follow the line you see from the photo. You will get the perfect composition from the photo and it is fast, no skill needed at all here.
Export to Procreate and add colors
This step is probably the hardest part for someone who did not know how to use layers. If you don’t understand it yet. We will explain a little bit here. First of all you will need to create a new layer for each part of the painting. For example here, we created layers for skin, dogs, shirt, hat, face, hair and pants. The advantages of having layers is that you can make a small mistake and don’t need to redo the whole thing again.
For example if you paint hair color over the shirt and you painted the shirt already, you can erase it with no effect on the shirt part. Sounds awesome right?
Details and lines
If you finish the coloring your sketch, now you can add some small details like shading and lines around the sketch to make it appear clearly. I recommend using black and white for the lines. Where you want the portrait painting appear with highlight, you add white line and use black pencil for the border of the sketch. If you are interested in learning more about the digital portrait painting, I recommend finding one on YouTube. A lot of YouTubers created a video to teach in detail and easier to follow from the video.
It is a real budget portrait painting from Paint My Photo. A digital portrait from Paint My Photo starts at 12 dollars. You will receive a high resolution painting that you can print out with a really good quality. It is painted on 1040 pixels and you can pick your favorite background as well as leave a message on the painting if you like. The portrait from Paint My Photo will be created by a professional artist. You can pick a style and see more examples from Paint My Photo on Etsy.
If you wish to learn more about the painting tips and tricks from Paint My Photo, visit the Paint My Photo blog and you will find much more information about pet portrait painting there.