I have been asked to do a tutorial on digital painting for the Reno Photo Club the first week in April so I did a full size painting first and will demonstrate techniques on a smaller file size.
I distorted the facial features quite a bit and kicked everything up quite a bit with an HDR adjustment layer and NIK detail extractor. It is an unusual portrait but I'm pretty happy with the results. The background comes from one of the step by step photos I did on one of my paintings. get maximum use out of everything!
This is from a photograph I took of a friend of mine which I used to make Woody 219 in my Woody series.
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Here is the original photo