Newgrounds Background Image Theme

Our goal is for Newgrounds to be ad free for everyone! Become a Supporter today and help make this dream a reality!



Portrait of my friend Joseph, created in PS CS4. Drawn using a photo reference. Took approx 6 hours in total 'cause I'm still pretty slow - I WILL get quicker! ONE DAY. D:<

Started by quickly plotting key points of the image. Where the eyes would go, pinpointing where areas started and ended. The drawing is done with the reference photo next to the canvas on-screen. I use a small, low opacity brush in black on a layer above a white bg, quickly but carefully marking out where the darkest of lines should go - defining lines that show the nose, the eyes, the mouth, hairline, etc etc. Then a LOWER opacity brush to begin filling in areas of shadow and depth with thin lines. Almost like unfinished crosshatching. After building a good line-work layer I created a layer above that to fill in blocks of shade with a larger, slightly soft edged brush in low opacity black, or opaque light grey with the blending mode set to multiply. Then a layer above that for highlights, also lightly added. A layer for details was added last for small areas that need touch-ups. I flattened the image and began messing with dodge and burn tools - enhancing areas of contrast, etc. Then duplicated the flattened layer and used filter>noise>median until I was happy with the effect, then blurred the median layer and reduced it's opacity. I then used a large, soft edged eraser on low opacity to erase around the middle of the face, around features that I wanted to be sharper such as eyes, nose and mouth.

Log in / sign up to vote & review!

Newgrounds accounts are free and registered users see fewer ads!

Start recreating pictures of famous bands/ personalities and you will go very far with your style


the thing i love about your artwork style is that you can pick out each "brush stroke", another great work of art... i like it as it is... athough i would mabey finish off the hair instead of bluring into the emtpy void like some sort of ghost :P...

once again i saw this in the portal and thought "... is that comsicdeath again!?... it cant be ornery... can it?..."

i would of given this a 9/10... but feel need to go the whole hog with a 10/10

Keep it up! :D

Credits & Info

Waiting for 2 more votes

Aug 24, 2010
3:21 AM EDT
File Info
833 x 925 px
149.8 KB

You might also enjoy...

Licensing Terms

You may not use this work for any purposes.