Here we go, after 100 days and around 150 hours of work later, 100 digitally painted portraits! It certainly feels good to see them all together like this and to be able to see how the colours, textures and variety of sitters gets tied together with the strong lighting and seated position. I would like to say a big thank you to all those 100 who voluntered (or in the case of a few- coerced) to be a part of this project! This poster is on view at the Fine Art Print Company in Bath where the photoshoot took place.
The text is explaining the project but also gives details of whats happening next. Starting January 1st 2012, each portrait will be available to order as a 8x10" print, orders will be taken throughout January and end on the 1st February. The orders will then be tallied and the prints will be produced and editioned accordingly. Each will be shipped out in a stay flat mailer, with any luck within the week. So if you would like to order your own portrait or the portrait of a friend involved will be able to do so- this is a timed print run so youve only got January to place the order! The order details will appear here on the blog in the next couple of weeks.
I mentioned this previously but in case you missed it, i generally paint using Painter IX.5 but in order to produce what i had hoped to be a 1 hour portrait study i chose to use Photoshop CS2. This enabled me to create and use a variety of textured brushes and quickly add layers of texture to create depth to each image. Of about 20 or so custom brushes i actually ended up just using a core of 5 brushes for most pieces! I also utilized the grid method to block in the primary shapes of light and shadow using Photoshops handy grid display. Even though these things certainly cut out a lot of time- it still wasnt enough to bring the portrait within my 1 hour time limit!
Each portrait was painted at 300dpi at A5 size (approx 6x8"), below you can see 3 i was really happy with (some definitely ended up being better than others!) and below that a section of each at 100% size so you can see some details a little better!
So there you go, thats mainly the end of the project, im hoping to produce a book of this at some point in the new year, in the meantime, dont forget to check back in January for the chance to purchase a print! Thanks again to all those involved and thank you for viewing!