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Developing Digital Portraits

Since May I have been diving deep into learning how to use Procreate and developing new digital portraits. It’s a whole lot of fun but also a lot of work as I have had to train my brain to think of drawing in layers that sit one on top of the other.

Below is a small cartoon-y self-portrait of my inner child. It shows that I don’t have to be all grown up about drawing and creating. It’s a practice that invites the inner child to come out and be playful, to make suggestions and to experiment. I feel so much joy when this happens, and I hope this happens for you too.

In the past month I have spent hours enjoying the process of drawing Sktchy muses with my Procreate application and I’m delighted with how my creativity has been growing. It has also given my brain a much needed break from my story, however, I am also excited to say that I have hit another milestone and completed the most recent edit of my novel. Of course, there’s still more editing to be done and in a way, writing a story is much the same as developing artwork with layering techniques.

I am continuing to make progress on my portrait practice challenge and have completed a number of digital portraits as that’s what is interesting and creatively nourishing for me at this point in my life.

Below are some of the digital portraits I’ve created. Some of these images are taken one or two steps before completion. I am so happy with them.

I’m finding that I am thoroughly enjoying drawing portraits that are semi-realistic but have a cartoon quality to them. It’s freeing not to be so fussed with an exact likeness. And a lot less stressful.

I’ll leave you with a short time lapse compilation of some of my digital portraits (if you’re interested in watching:))

Portrait Practice Challenge 2020 – Digital Portraits

Until next time, I hope your day is filled with child-like wonder and you are enjoying creative living whatever that is to you.

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