Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the people of "Times Square", part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The People.
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Creating the people in Times Square required really good reference material.…Why? Because it's important to get those features just right to make them…look like who they are.…In fact, everything requires good reference material, whether it's a car or just…a piece of litter on the street.…You want something that you can follow, something that you can use for…reference so you can recreate that scene as accurately as possible.…One of my favorite artists, an artist named Maxwell Parrish, painted all these…fantastic landscapes.…There was one in particular I always loved, which was a watermill.…
I later found that in a book that the watermill didn't exist.…He had created the trees from the trees on his land but the watermill,…he actually constructed a little tiny model out of cardboard, which he then lit…to see how the shadows fall and so on and so forth, so he can recreate this…little mill out of this little model that he had created.…I have created many models for myself and had people pose for a lot of things…
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.
- 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