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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The People
Illustration by John Hersey

Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The People

with Bert Monroy

Video: Welcome

In this installment, I am going to talk about the workflow that I employed in the creation of the people that populate the streets of Times Square. And there's a few hundred people there, of which 150 of them are recognizable. I am going to zoom in right here to the central area where I see myself. I am taking a picture of my wife. What I am going to teach you here is all the steps that went in to creating these people and making them look real. Things like the hair, whether it's loose and flowing, tied or heavily gelled. All the tools and techniques that went into that is what you're going to learn here.

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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The People
3h 18m Intermediate Apr 27, 2011

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Take a virtual journey to the bustling streets of New York in Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square. Digital painter Bert Monroy reveals how he created the minute details that build the impressive 108,000 x 21,600 pixel, 25-foot wide photorealistic portrait of this iconic intersection.

In this installment, The People, Bert illustrates how he created the hyperrealistic portrayals of the dozens of people inhabiting his painting, many of which he drew from real-life friends and family. The course shows how to construct eyes, lips, ears, and other facial features, paint natural looking skin, add hair, apply makeup, and create fabric folds, stitching, and texture to emulate clothing. Bert shows how digital artists can recreate these effects at home, using the tools in Photoshop and Illustrator and a little imagination.

Topics include:
  • Creating life-like facial features, such as noses, teeth, lips
  • Understanding the structure of the mouth
  • Creating facial contours
  • Adding details such as fingernails
  • Using a Cintiq to create realistic hair
  • Creating beard stubble
  • Creating the look of stitched denim
  • Adding ribbing to a t-shirt
Subjects:
Design Illustration Design Techniques Digital Painting
Software:
Illustrator Photoshop
Author:
Bert Monroy

Welcome

In this installment, I am going to talk about the workflow that I employed in the creation of the people that populate the streets of Times Square. And there's a few hundred people there, of which 150 of them are recognizable. I am going to zoom in right here to the central area where I see myself. I am taking a picture of my wife. What I am going to teach you here is all the steps that went in to creating these people and making them look real. Things like the hair, whether it's loose and flowing, tied or heavily gelled. All the tools and techniques that went into that is what you're going to learn here.

I am going to talk about the eyes, how to make them shimmer and come to life. How to make the lips look moist. How to get the contrast in the face, which really describes the features of a person and makes them look like who they are. There clothing, how the folds of the fabric just flows on the body. These are all techniques that you are going to learn in this installment. Now keep in mind that the techniques can be applied in other ways. A slight change here and there can totally change the effect. So let's go in there and look at these techniques, see the workflows, see all the different tools that are employed that make these people come to life, and see what kind of population you can create.

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