Monday, March 15, 2010
Painting with DaVinci and Einstein
These images are partial scans of a page I did yesterday. I can't say what the page is for except to say that it is to be published by IDW in a few months.
The reason I put these up, besides the fact that I'm very happy with how they turned out, is so I could talk about painting likenesses.
The idea behind painting portraits is not just to capture a likeness as it is. A camera can do that just fine. No, the idea behind painting a portarit is to capture what their likeness should be. It should look more like them than they actually look. You need to accentuate what's iconic about them and capture their essence as you see it, not simply as it is.
I used a few photo references for each portrait. If you l;ook at DaVinci, there are 2 drastically different looks. A young Da Vinci and an older DaVinci(one of them actually being an actor playing DaVinci on Star Trek:Voyager).I shot for something in between because that's how I saw DaVinci.The young portrait I remember from Art History meets the DaVinci I remember from Star Trek.
Now let's look at Einstein. There is so much that is iconic about his appearance and I wanted to capture all of it perfectly. This required may photo reference shots. You see none of them were perfect. I wanted the smiling eyes with the mouth completely hidden by that mustache and the hair had to be just a mess. I couldn't get that with one photo so I had to reference the best from all of them to get my perfect Einstein.