I just finished my own version of the autoportrait of Léon Bonnat. I like this kind of exercice. I already did parodies of classical paintings. I like this, it’s very fun to do and I learned a lot.
My usual style is very “clean”, I try to be very precise and I only use one brush, the soft round brush.
This time, it was quite the opposite. I tried nearly all the standard brushes of PS. The goal was to emulate classical oil painting so I had to find a new way to work.
When I say “emulate classical oil painting”, it’s a little bit stupid. There are so many styles, so many techniques, so many different brush strokes …. But I think you know what I mean. I just tried to use more textured brushes to be close of the oil painting rendering.
There’s no magic trick but I can give you some advices:
Beware the colors and the tones. Don’t use the eyedropper tool. Just try to understand why the painter added olive green on the shadow or red on the top of the nose.
If it’s not enough, Jan Ditlev Christensen did several packs of brushes, you can freely download (for PS) :
You can start with a very clean picture then add the texture at the end if you want, or work with low opacity brushes. You can create a lot of adjustment layers or playing with all the adjustment tools. Experiment !
5. Forget What You Know About Lights:
6. Forget What You Know About “Levels”
7. Add Texture:
You can easily find canevas texture on the internet. Just put it in an “overlay” layer and decrease the opacity. You can add some scratch marks too or cracks in the paint.
8.Try To Paint With Oil For Real:
Best advice I can give 🙂