Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Value Self Portrait





Purpose:

  1. To determine where values change when light moves over an uneven surface by using a range of values to paint the different values in a realistic, monochromatic self-portrait;

  2. To use your knowledge of color to choose a color that matches the mood of your pose.
  3. To effectively communicate an image that looks like you through careful examination of the values and structure of your face.

I am most proud of how the smaller details of the portrait turned out. When I first started working on it, I kind of regretted not taking off my glasses for the photo used because I could tell that they were going to be hard to do, especially on top of the details of my face that I already had to do. I was also worried about doing the eyes. I think that both the eyes and the glasses, as well as other small details, turned out pretty well in the end. The eyes turned out to be not as hard to do as I thought they might be, as long as I used a small enough brush, and the glasses were actually pretty easy.
The most challenging part of this project was making sure that the shading on the portrait right was right. Since the portrait was made entirely out of different shades of the same, color it was really important that I got the shading right. If I used a shade that was too dark or too light, or made the section the wrong shape, then it could mess up the whole portrait. The tiny little sections like the eyes or glasses were the hardest to make sure they were the right shape, and I eventually ended up having to make the eyes a few shades lighter than originally. As long as I thought about what shade I should use and what shape the section would be, then I could figure things out, though.

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