Realistic Portrait Painting Tutorial

Realistic Portrait Painting Tutorial


Hey guys! Welcome to another episode of Ross Draws, and today, we’re drawing faces. I recently made a video on drawing stylized faces And I thought it’d be really fun today if I drew a realistic face. Over the course of my studies, and yes I do study. I’ve learned some tips and tricks on how to make a face more realistic! What better face to draw than the new Overwatch character, Bridget? [James] It’s Brigitte. [Ross] Wait, what?
[James] Brigitte. It’s Swedish. [Ross] [Laughter] I can’t sa- I’m not Swedish! Wait. Bridget [Laughter] Brigeate. She sounds mexican. [Laughter] Oh, you know what, I’m gonna have a voice clip. And what better face to draw than the new Overwatch character [Voice over] Brigitte [Ross] Awesome! See I did it. Okay. Ross Draws! Faces! This is my sketch of [Voice over] Brigitte. [Ross] I thought we could take it back to the old masters, where we had actual paint brushes. Wait, that’s not a paintbrush. Paint brushes! And so we’re gonna keep things loose, and it’s gonna be awesome. So, let’s do it. I’ve been trying to develop this technique with a lot of airbrushing. It’s a little more challenging. But if you know what you’re doing and you know your fundamentals you can make anything work. Traditionally, the old masters used a lot of washes. They usually use burnt sienna, which is a brown mixed with red. This is what I’m trying to do here. And before we move any further, James has to go because he’s sick. So everybody say bye, James. Bye, James! [James] I brought a replacement. [Ross] A replacement?! Aww. Everybody say hi, Milo. Everything is on one layer right now. Fresh and nice. And let’s just keep on going. Welcome back, and this is the progress of [Voice over] Brigitte
[Ross] so far. Let’s just make sure we got her name right. It’s uh. It’s Brigeete. Baguette. I’m not Swedish, so I feel like I’m gonna butcher it. For the sake of the character Let’s just name her Bridgeet, for now. This is the progress of Bridgeet so far. This is what I had before and I’m starting to sculpt and build on it. I want to show you one of the most important things when making a realistic portrait, which are; Edges! Edges really matter, so you have to understand your soft edges from the hard edges. I’ll mask this part right here. Ooo! Look at that! The reason why this is a hard edge is, when sunlight hits an object and creates a cast shadow. And then it fades into a soft edge. This is before and after. The more familiar you are with edges, the more you can understand when to use which edge in which situation. This is looking pretty good. I’m just gonna keep working on it, and I’ll check back soon. This is what we started with. It’s very loose. We’re letting the undertones shine through. Then we started building on top, and then we let the edges do its work. One thing I’ve learned, that was essential for me making realistic portraits was our sky color. The sky color is a global- Oh, what the heck. The sky surrounds us! Which means its color is gonna effect the subject. A little bit of the sky color and then affect the shadows here And also, let’s do some highlights! Because, I know you guys crave it and I love to do them. Let’s do it. Ooo! Look at that. Dude, highlights are everything, am I right? When highlights hit the surface, it’s gonna show its texture. Before! And after. Before, and after. You can really tell when the highlights and sky color really helps it bring it forward. This is almost done, so I’m gonna wrap up Bridgeet, and I’ll check back soon Yo baguette! It’s color dodge time! Aw man here we go, here we go. Oooo! Ah! The holy spirit! Ohh! Transcendence! Oh my god! Baguette is evolving! Oh! Hey guys, welcome back. I hope you enjoyed the episode. I got a new sign! Check it out. White. Ooo! Blue. Light! Whatever color he button smashes is his favorite color. One, two…, red! Awesome! Your favorite color is red! Is that because you like blood? If you’re interested in bonus content and video demos, it’s a deeper insight into how I bring these to life. If you’re interested, come check out my Patreon. The print winner is… Alana Winslow! Yes, congratulations. If you want a chance to win one of these prints, this video’s question is… what is your idea of a perfect day? Ooo! I’d sleep in. Have a nice breakfast, lunch, dinner. Play a lot of video games and draw a lot. How about you buddy? You would like to have massages. All day! Huh? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll choose a lucky subscriber. I have some awesome collabs in the works. I’m drawing Tomb Raider! Next week. Don’t forget to subscribe, and remeber, every day is a color dodge day. Brageete!

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