Painting a Portrait and get Creative with Brushes
This section is called Advanced, but the title does not reflect the technical complexity of the final picture alone. In some ways, it is less difficult than the Intermediate picture. We have deemed it more difficult because of the personal creative choices we have had to make and which, to a large extent, cause the picture to succeed or fail. In particular, the overall style for the picture and for the brushstrokes, and how to handle the composition and especially the background. There is also a fair amount of free brushing in this image, all over but again, especially in the background. These factors make it more tricky but also ultimately more satisfying. En route, we’'ll bring in most of the cloning techniques we have covered and a few additional ones as well. Instead of using Watercolor brushes, we will go back to opaque media like Oils and Acrylics and cover brush customisation and how to use the Selection command.