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Clint Eastwood
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Published: September 13, 2008
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I've found that painting faces with texture is not only challenging but also far more enjoyable than porcelain smooth skin so I'm always on the look out for some good reference photos of older faces.

And who better than Clint Eastwood? :aww: He's one of the few remaining living Hollywood icons and he was a real pleasure to paint.

:bulletred: Photoshop CS2 + Wacom Intuos 3 + reference
:bulletred: Time - approx 11 hours
:bulletred: WIP Stages -->
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BudapestA's avatar
BudapestA|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, i hope some day i can do things like this! Nice work!
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BikerScout|Hobbyist General Artist
Practice makes perfect. :nod:
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ladyjart|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful..I just don't understand pencil..Wish i did..:)
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BikerScout|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :aww:

This is actually a digital painting but I try to infuse my digital work with some traditional techniques - glad you like it! :w00t:
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ladyjart|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well i really love your work and he's such a great actor..:)
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bloody fantastic
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BikerScout|Hobbyist General Artist
cheers Gary :thanks:
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Matsuemon's avatar
haha oh my god, no way. NO! This can NOT be a drawing. I guess I have to believe it, since you show your progress. AMAZING!!
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BikerScout|Hobbyist General Artist
One of my personal faves. Love how realistic it looks but that's all down to careful
use of subtle texture and patience! It can be easy to focus too much on adding texture
which can end up standing out. Texture is something I work on as I go along rather
than adding, say, right at the end.

If you've not seen them already, my Big Red Speedpaint videos show a 1-hour Hellboy
painting from beginning to end (slightly sped up) but you'll see how the texture builds
up from a very early stage. Let me know what you think. :aww:
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Yah I've studied what wrinkles look like and even tried the highlight thing, but often times they still don't look right. I think it's just a matter of practice. I have noticed them looking better in the pic I'm working on now, so maybe I'm getting it. You're right about the focusing too much on texture, though. In the portrait I'm working on now I've done a bit too much texture and I'm having to tone it down a bit. I've tried building it up right from the beginning, but usually it ends up getting blended away after each phase, so I'm trying to find "my" way of doing the texture that suits me.
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Daddyo4|Professional Traditional Artist
There's a strange ghostly pale quality to this, is that by design?
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BikerScout|Hobbyist General Artist
I seem to remember increasing the contrast a little to make him really stand out from the background. :aww:
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TOMCAVANAUGH|Professional Writer
Hey! I used a thumbnail of this deviation in a review of the movie J.EDGAR! Sorry I didn't get to tell you sooner, but wasn't until this week that the pictures were working. Thanks for posting this picture and I hope the link brings you many hits!
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BikerScout|Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers for the heads-up, Tom. :thanks:
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DoctorRy's avatar
That is astonishing!
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BikerScout|Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers mate. :thanks:
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DoctorRy's avatar
No probs :) Blew me away that piece :)
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JohnBerryPhotos|Professional Photographer
Great art!
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BikerScout|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :w00t:
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uber-ross's avatar
What remarkable detail! It's almost like a photograph!

Excellent Job. Clint Eastwood is my hero.
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BikerScout|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks - glad you like it. :aww:
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This is amazing. It looks exactly like a photograph. I had to literally press my nose on the screen to tell that it was a painting. The shading is amazing. Fantastic job!
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BikerScout|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much - glad you like it. :thanks:
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Skot7777777's avatar
sick! great work!
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