Thursday, April 22, 2010

Nelson Mandela

A fairly quick caricature of Nelson Mandela for this month's drawing contest over at Wittygraphy. This is 100% Photoshop using some of my custom brushes for textures. I'm usually pretty lazy when it comes to detailed finished paintings, so I pushed myself on this one to see how far I could take it.

Shown above are the brushes used for this piece. The first is one of Photoshop's default brushes with some small tweaks, this did 90% of the painting. The second is also a default Photoshop brush, this was used for the initial layer of hair and it was also used with the smudge tool to blend the lines of the sketch. The bottom three are my custom brushes. The first one (from Set Three) was used for the final layer of hair and also some texture on the face and background. The second (Set Eleven) was also used on the background. The third (Set Three) was used for the suit texture.


Blogger alex fine illustration said...

I'm working on a Nelson Mandela portrait right now and it's cool to see your take on him. He's a lot of fun to draw and you definitely nailed his expression. The texture in the hair is very believable too.

2:49 AM  
Blogger Faboun'e said...


A W E S O M E !!!!

I love it .. !!! great ...

7:25 AM  
Blogger Gee Hale said...

I can't believe this all digital work! Wow! Another masterpiece work! What brushes do you use for the renderingon the face? Smudge tool also? Great work!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks guys!

Gee- I've added some more info on the post about the brushes used.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Gee Hale said...

Great! Thanks for the info, Chris! :D

4:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

thanks for sharing the info, this is great

8:23 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

No prob, guys!

10:11 PM  
Blogger Calcinaro said...

absolutely great!

11:07 PM  
Blogger Damion009 said...

dear god dude the hair!!! this is insane mate!!!! WQW!

3:37 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thankyou both for the comments.

6:35 PM  

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