Digital Portrait Painting
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Registration Starts On
November 28, 2016
Class Begins On
2nd Week of Feburary | 2017
Mélanie Delon

Born in Paris, France in 1980, Mélanie studied archaeology, history of art, and game design before discovering digital painting in 2005, she has been enthralled by it ever since. Using primarily Photoshop and Painter, along with a drawing tablet, she creates stunningly, realistic digital portraits which are both mysterious and emotive.

Her fantasy paintings have featured in many publications worldwide and won her a variety of awards. Mélanie is an avid Science Fiction and Fantasy reader, her favourite authors include; Philip K. Dick, J.R.R. Tolkien and Terry Pratchett.

Some of her drawings are inspired by music, others by movies and everyday situations. All of her characters have their own stories – it helps her to give them life. Mélanie's work has been selected for Spectrum and she is a regular contributor to Imagine FX magazine. She has several art books of her beautiful work published, including the new collection, OPALE.1

 

Clients:

Spectrum, Ballistic Publishing, Ubisoft, TOR Book, Random House, Orbit Books, Penguin, Harper Collins, Bloomsbury, Scholastic, Imagine Fx magazine

Publications:

- Elixir 1 ,  2007, Norma Editorial

- D’artiste Digital painting 2 (co-author) , 2008, Ballistic publishing

- Elixir 2 ,  2007, Norma Editorial

- Opale 1, 2014

Course Description

Course Outline

Wk1

BASICS

Research/finding the concept, idea/photo references

Harmonious color scheme (color temperature, color theory, contrast, symbolism in colors)

Preparatory sketch/ thumb sketching/ the good brush/apply the first colors

First lighting

 

Wk2

COMPOSITION

Dynamic composition

Working the background (the importance of it, empty space)

Character placement, front, ¾ and profile

Light (dynamism, contrast, first steps)

Wk3

FACE FEATURES PART1

Face proportions/ architecture/ defining facial features/ color blocking

Skin colors, skin brushes, texture

Eye  (shape,  color, details)

Eye contact/ captivating the viewer/ emotions

Wk4

FACE FEATURES PART2

Mouth (lips , shape, expression & texture)

Nose / ears

Main light, sculpting the face with shadows & light, volume

Perfect blending (how to)

Wk5

SILHOUETTE & HAIRSTYLE

Designing the hairstyle

Hair (brushes), working the colors and texture

Defining the silhouette, body attitude

Second light source

Wk6

STORY TELLING

Realistic details/fantasy touch (like scars, veins etc)

Costume/fabric/pattern

Adding useful items/elements and play with symbols to create a strong background story

Good integration, interaction between elements

Wk7

DRAMATIC LIGHTING

Improving  the light

Soft VS strong light

Contrast/brush/layer mode /ambient light, bounce light, special effects

Mood

Wk8

PERFECTING EVERYTHING

Final adjustments

Light & color correction

Final touch

Careers

  • Concept Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Visual Development Artist
  • Comic Book Artist
  • 2D Animator