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