Self Portrait May 2018 | Anjeanette Illusration

Quick video of how I coloured today's self portrait, with the first sketch and digital painting below. Def inspired by my "Master Study" challenge from yesterday of a painting by the amazing Sara Tepes! Sara is ALL the Ooh-La-La y'all!

I painted in Photoshop, using mostly Kyle T Webster brushes. I imported a phone photo of my pencil drawing to paint over. This technique os called 'glazing' where you paint completely in monochrome and then layer by layer add small percentages of colour. The digital equivilant to a glazed oil painting?

The self portrait is mine, the master study of Sara's work below is not mine- well the drawing I did yesterday was in my hand BUT the concept and original artwork is all hers. Whats the point of doing a Master Copy Study? To continue to grow in technique and experience! I have been painting and drawing all my life, but recently committed to 10,000 hours of practice in 2018 & 19 as suggested by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers: The Story of Success

Self Portrait May 2018 with sketch.jpg

A Master Study of work I admire seemed like a great addition to 10,000 hours of practice. I believe I did some master studies when I was enrolled in the Oatley Academy, and I KNOW I did them at SCAD. So. Many. Studies.

The point ISN'T to try to BE and STYLE just like another artist- its to learn from their process and then apply it to your own! I personally don't feel one has to "find" their style- I really think its a part of you, your story, and it just oozes out everytime you pick up a pen. Like, even with my study of Sara Tepe's painting... it is different. It's def not exactly like Sara's and never would I try to pass it off as hers! But watching her paint on her youtube account and trying my hand at it taught me a lot that I can apply to my personal work.


Interesting links on Master Studies: