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Alexz Johnson **UPDATE** by Anako-ART Alexz Johnson **UPDATE** by Anako-ART
So yeah, updating this deviation. I decided to crop it, add some vignette and update the broken links. ;) This picture is veeery old, but still I'm very happy with it - even though it's just a copy.

Close-ups: link
Process: link by Anako-ART
Original photo: link

Old description below.


In case you're confused, this is NOT a photo, it's a PAINTING. (I hope you're confused :dummy:)

So yeah, my first try with a photorealistic potrait, because before I've never really aimed for photorealism, since I don't find it creative. But, it was done for practice purposes and I'm very proud of the effect, that's why I'm submitting it here. :) No tracing, no color picking, just painting from what I see.

This is Alexz Johnson, a Canadian singer & actress with such a beautiful face, that once I saw it, I knew I'd paint her. I'm not even a fan, although she has a very pretty voice, too. :3 I showed her this portrait of course, and she liked it! <3

Critiques & tips are very welcome! I know I messed up the hand, and the hair isn't right - but I'd die if I was to recreate it identically. :faint:

The most hard part: catching the propotions.
The most boring part: the hair. @_@
The most easy part: guessing the colors (that was a surprise)
The most fun part: the pores :la:


Photoshp CS5 & Wacom Intuos 3
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Over all, I love this picture, its excellent! And its so close to photo quality! Congratulations on being a wonderful digital painter! She's also VERY beautiful!
Now I want to analyze the aspects of this picture that stand out to me.
Hair: The hair is excellent, you MUST tell me how you do it! (please?! ; w ;) So few people can do hair this magnificently and I'm glad you can! Because the hair is the first thing that jumped at me! (other then the fact that she looks so life-like!)
Eyes: I've noticed that far too many paintings have dull-lifeless eyes that bore me. And makes the picture lack emotion-but I'm impressed! Her eyes look inquisitive and interesting! I love them. Only problem is (I feel like I nit-pick too much) her left eye (in this entire critique I am saying my left and my right, not hers) is too wide, it doesn't match the right one. Makes her look odd. I think its also slightly lower then the other, but that may just be me :)
Skin The skin is SO soft! And pure! She is definatly a work of art all in her own! I feel the need to glue a mole or a freckle on her so she doesn't look so damn godly! (Is this a self portrait? ;D)
Pose Okay so I looked at her pose and its wonderful, sexy, curious and beautiful. Only thing that I noticed is: Her fingers aren't touching her cheek, and if you rest your head on your hand like she is (with fingers touching) it's normal and comfortable. But if you move your hand slightly away as her's is, then your head cocks in the opposite direction (I also noticed that my neck hurt, I dunno if it's like that for everyone though)
Parting words I love this picture! And the small tweaks of the eye (and possibly the hand) would make it great enough for a DD! Now I'm going to check out the rest of your gallery!
What do you think?
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EmmitS Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2018
I love, love, love this! Amazing work!
SergeantDilk Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy shhhhh-- that's amazing! (idk why but from a distance it kinda looked like Uma Thurman at first xP)
taemart Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
this is old ????????????????? no way man !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
chrisx2ds Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
Love it, this is so real!
JohnlockedDancer Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, looks like a photo!!!
alalessia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist
I was confused. Great job.
ted-kw Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job!
AMCInkartist Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Great job!

AngelikaZbojenska Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
loovoe it!
lilitharten Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Hej! Świetna praca. Fotorealizm jest fajny właśnie do takich ćwiczeń :) Też próbuję się w ten sposób uczyć. Twoja ma super pocieniowaną twarz, włącznie z teksturą. I usta! Wszystko jest bardzo dopracowane :D Racja, jeśli chodzi o włosy to ja też odpadam, sierść też jest wyzwaniem! Fotorealizm jest wciągający, ale zgubny, jeśli nie próbuje się niczego innego...
UntoldPromises Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
How did you do the pores?
Love it <3
Klenesk Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it should be considered an international law that this picture cannot be spoken of without the words "holy fuck that's good" somewhere in the sentence.

(e.g., "This illustration is a holyfuckthat'sgoodtextbook example of photorealistic artwork."
alukan Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Bardzo dobrze ....Wacom Intuos 3?Jeszcze nie ogarniam tych tabletów ...jaka jest różnica między Intuos 3 a na przykład Bamboo?W Corel Painter 12 trudniej byłoby o taki efekt?Jeśli znasz...Dopiero przymierzam się do portretów,stąd te pytania o podstawy.:)
Niełatwa sprawa z tymi twarzami...mała pomyłka przy proporcjach i lipa:stinkeye: ..."most hard part"
Ale widzę,że Ty radzisz sobie świetnie.
Anako-ART Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
dzięki za komentarz :) prawdę mówiąc nie traktuję tego portretu jako moje osiągnięcie, bo to jest jedynie kopia zdjęcia, więc nawet jeśli nie masz ogarniętych proporcji twarzy itp, to z kopiowaniem fotek będzie Ci łatwiej. Program i tablet nie mają znaczenia. Intuosy mają więcej poziomów nacisku i wykrywalny kąt nachylena, ale szczerze powiedziawszy rożnica nie jest aż taka wyczuwalna - szczególnie dla początkującego. Najważniejsze przy takim malowaniu to dopra obserwacja koloru oraz waloru, wszystko może sie składać równie dobrze z plam, jeżeli te pierwsze są dobrze nałożone ;)
alukan Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Dziękuję za pomocne rady...jestem ciekaw co wymyślisz w
CAB_103 na Digarcie.Oczywiście jeśli uczestniczysz.Pozdrawiam :wave:
fx16 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
amazing... cannot believe... looks real photo :)
REcon36 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
BEST deviation Portrait so close in the realistic IN THE DEVIANTART 4 .. 5 ...6 ever :))
LeoDanielPreda Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your drawing is beautiful! I am delighted!
aegis-of-justice Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aside from the the photorealism, which is amazing on its own, I have to congratulate you on the detail and realism of the hair most of all. It's not easy to make something looks so good when it's the part you find most boring. :D The hair is easily my favorite part of the picture.

And all the comments about how the eyes are off are stupid. Do people look in the mirror, like ever? Though I guess it takes artists a while to actually see what's there instead of just half-assed looking and thinking "Oh that's an eye, I know what it looks like." and then wondering why their drawings look wrong. Extra kudos for actually doing the eyelid folds like they actually are. :)
Ennayenaled Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good god i could've sworn this was just a touched up photo O.O I'm all out of Excuse me while my brain explodes
asamreen78 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this looks like a photograph! :O
xNooshitx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW I'm double impressed-
1. Because it's so beautiful and looks like a photo
2. Because you know her!
She's really talented and she doesn't get the amount of attention she deserves...
Anako-ART Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Oh I don't know Alex - I just mailed her with this picture and she was kind enough to reply :)
Yes, she's very talented in both acting and singing, but it's really hard to get popularity in this industry. I would love to hear her voice in some less mainstream music though. :)

Thank you very much ^^
MarieLasbleiz Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW !!! It's really impressive ! How do you draw the hair like this...? You have to teach me... ! ;D Congrats, it's just a perfect painting.
Anako-ART Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
thank you so much! painting the hair was a pure chaos, I don't think I would ever want to repeat this xD
kaizer765 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought it was a photograph .. until I saw the background ..this is .. hell .. is incredible! hair is extremely realistic!!
I love it! you must tell me how you do the hair! XD
Anako-ART Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Thank you so much! :love:

How I did the hair... oh my it was a chaos to get it right xD a lot of blurring and drawing single strokes on top of each other. I don't thik I'd ever like to repeat it :XD:
kaizer765 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha no problem n_n
haha I imagine it XD
is a very elaborate .. Would not surprise me cause you many headaches haha
ElementSkublaka Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
ĄWhat a good portrait!
Anako-ART Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
thank you! <3
Egomantes Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Anako-ART Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
thanks! <3
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Dafepa Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   Digital Artist
This is excelent... congratulations!!!
Anako-ART Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
thanks a lot!!
LNDFrance Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No. I refuse. This can't be a painting. ><
DARKLiGHTPAiNTER Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
hey :) nice,can you paint her redhead version? :) i watched jude harrison once,and i liked her as redhead
ashleywarfield Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
So weird is an old show, and I still get goosebumps watching it.
huntererinful Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I love her ♥
AngelikaZbojenska Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow. so goood
af007 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its beautiful
MrRabLo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student
Wow, this is stunning! Congratulations, you've confused me! xDD I like every part of this photo, huh... I wanna say, drawing xD Surely you have been a lot of hours in front of the computer, but itīs worth! Can you share to me... how the hell have you done the goddamn hair? I never get this result! Well, I guess with a lot of time, paciencie, practice... and natural talent xDD
What a speech I've given you!
Xhijiru Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow. Ohwow. Wowowowowow. This. Is. Absolutely. Amazing.
At first I was like; Naww.... it cant be... surely it isnt.. or is it? It is? It is really a drawing? Unbelievable.
Nieseln Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"There is no time to stop and stare..." - Other than here of course. Three cheers for a bravura portrait. The hair is incredible, fluffy, light and with a with a natural glow - does it sound off to say I admire the way you've done the roots in her parting? Anyhow your boredom is our benefit :) Yes, the eyes aren't the same (ref: earlier critique), but checking out the singer's actual portrait, neither are her eyes in real life - all faces have a certain amount of asymmetry - it's one of the that make faces interesting. Don't know if this is your first attempt to publish a photorealistic work like this - I look forward to any more you do in this style.
Nieseln Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... addendum ... sorry, just reread it was your first attempt at photorealism. Re: it not being not so creative, I know what you mean, though would you not agree that learning to paint/draw so realistically ultimately gives you the tools to do your own creations with the same attention to detail? (Other views are available! ;-) )
willi-kun Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
LOVE IT!! canīt believe is your first try of photorealism!
flamestar13 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Wow that is..... AwEsOmE!
CharlottLeBronte Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011   General Artist
:o wowowowow! Awesome!
sonoreo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is absolutely amazing! How did you get such small and fine hair strokes?
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