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Faux Antique Portrait

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Faux Antique Portrait

Good friend Matt Henry is departing Germany soon and heading back to The States after five years and countless deliberately-missed opportunities to learn German. This was how his office decided to mark his going away. I started with a low-resolution copy of Pompeo Batoni’s 1778 portrait of Francis Basset (bottom left). I composed a Photoshop document full of reference photos that represented a half-dozen inside jokes specific to Herr Henry. Then using my pressure sensitive Wacom Tablet, I added dozens of layers of digital paint of varying transparencies. Not too unlike my old days of actual oil painting, except here I had the handy Undo key!


Take an actual 18th-century portrait and customize it as the perfect going-away gift

  • Date

    March 2, 2019

  • Skills

    Photoshop, Illustrator, Wacom Tablet

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