Digital Painting Portraits

Portrait painting based on an art movement

Lesson Plan powerpoint–>portrait-an-art-style

Student Example of Cubism

Brainstorming:  In your sketchbook, sketch out a portrait based on an art movement.  Research art movements on The Art Story, then google image search for examples of portraits in that art style.  For example, if you are interested in Cubism then you would focus on breaking down the image into shapes.  Then, research how other Cubism artists create in this style.

Student Example Abstract Expression


Details of Face Steps on How to Draw a Face

Example of Portrait
Example of Portrait
Finished drawing ready for scanning.
Finished drawing ready for scanning.








If this Free drawing doesn’t work for you, let’s draw it in Photoshop.  Follow the steps below.

Instructions for Photoshop

1)    Find a portrait that has a good image quality.  Place it in an 8×11 inch size canvas in Photoshop.  The artboard should be in portrait direction.















2)   Your first layer should be a locked layer with your photograph of the person you are going to draw. The second layer should be titled drawing.  It is really important to have your layers titled because it will become confusing.

3)    On the layer called drawing, start drawing the portrait using paintbrush or pencil tool only and sure to create as many contour lines as possible. Play with a variety of paintbrush and pencil sizes using the drawing tablet only.

4) Create another layer titled skin tone base.  This layer should be moved between the first layer and drawing layer.  Make swatches of your skin tones your like for your portrait and than save swatches in a folder title portrait skin tones.  Save Swatch folder to your USB and in student folder, I will come around to check if you saved your swatches.  

5) Using paintbrush or magic wand, fill in the face tones in the skin tone layer (layer 3).

6) Then, zoom in to the eye section on your painting and make a new layer titled “eyes”.  In this layer, you will redraw or edit the eyes to make them more detailed.  The eye have several parts with shadows and highlights, paint them in.  Use link for inspiration for the amount of detail, I am looking for in the project. 

7) Make a new layer for other parts of the face and practice drawing the details with value. The facial parts will be merged onto the face tone base layer later.  Best to practice on an empty layer before working on the base skin layer.



Reflection of work

Answer the following questions below. Please, copy and paste question into new document and type your responses.  No more then four sentences for each question.

Describe: What do you see in the image?

Analyze: What is your art style?  Explain what you did to create this style on your portrait.

Interpretation:  What are you trying to express as the artist in the artwork?  What inspired you to create this image?

Judgment: Is it a successful image? Do you like it? Why or Why not?