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Jared Ailstock How to Create a Portrait Painting

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Portraits are created by artists who carefully consider the effects of light, color, and form.

But that doesn’t mean they can’t be created in the midst of chaos. Visual artist Jared Ailstock has mastered this balance between chaos and order through a series of portraits he created while on vacation. The technique is simple: it involves using a camera to capture an image, then editing it into a painting-like composition using Adobe Photoshop. Read on for his step-by-step guide for creating your own portrait paintings!

What is a Portrait Painting?
A portrait painting is a visual interpretation of a person. They can be any size and shape, but typically, they are created on canvas or paper with oil paints. The artist will then use digital software to enhance the image by coloring it in and adding texture.
Think of a portrait painting as an old-fashioned painting style. It's a very specific medium that has been around for hundreds of years. But that doesn't mean that it's outdated; in fact, this type of art is still extremely popular today!

A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Your Own Portrait Painting
This one-step process will create a digital image of your face, then convert it into an abstract painting. The end result is a portrait that you can share with friends and family!

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
You'll need Adobe Photoshop, a camera, and a timer to complete this tutorial.

Step 2: Start Shooting
Set up your camera on a tripod to take the first shot with your desired settings in mind. This photo should include the entire canvas in view.
Step 3: Shoot Again!
Take another shot of your canvas using the same settings as before. This photo should not include any distractions or details, just the target image.
Step 4: Brush Away Distractions
Use Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill tool to brush away any distracting objects in the background of your canvas so you can focus on just your face in the foreground. Make sure to leave enough room around your face so that you can see it!

Tips on Taking Great Photos of People
To start, Ailstock recommends selecting an appropriate scene for your subject: "what is their personality like?" and "what do they want to convey in the photo?"
Next, find a place to situate yourself with the camera: "It is important that you have some room around you for the portrait. You don't want your subject feeling boxed in or trapped."
Finally, take a photo of your subject: "This is a little more difficult than it sounds. It helps to put them at ease, but keep your eye on the lens. Don't get too close, as you will end up with a less flattering shot."

It may seem daunting to draw a portrait painting, but it’s not as difficult as you might think. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of creating your very own portrait painting.
With a little practice, you will be well on your way to creating your own masterpieces.
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