This is the last study I'll be posting for a while, I'm moving on to more imaginative works for the next couple of months.
Last week whilst wandering around the web I found the blog of Lydia Wallace, an aid worker based in the far east.
Recently she was involved with relief efforts following the Earthquake in Sichuan. on this page: fiferis
I found her photo of this smiling old lady from Bandao cun.
The photo is fantastic, and I couldn't help painting this version of it. I think it's the first time I've ever painted someone so old, and though I didn't try for a perfect portrait, and certainly took the opportunity to play around with texturing her face, I'm happy with the results (granted... I did overdo it with the texture a little!
3.5 hours Photoshop/wacom all default photoshop brushes
Thanks in advance for all faves, and I really appreciate your comments!
Copyright of the original photograph is owned by Lydia Wallace. Many thanks Lydia for permission to show this piece