Transforming a photographic portrait into a high contrast, black & white digital painting

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In an effort to improve my digital painting skills, I attempted repainting a portrait that I photographed. Rather than using the subtle soft light from the original photo, I wanted to work with more dynamic light. I chose to work in black & white to keep my focus on the value and contrast.

After making the initial adjustments to the reference photo, I proceeded to digitally paint the portrait. Referencing the source photo, I blocked in the tonal values and used the Mixer Brush to add detail into the final piece.

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Digital painting by Jamie Carroll.

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