Digital (Vector) Custom Portrait Of Family Member

This is a digital painting (sometimes referred to as vector art) which I created from a photograph I shot of my niece Rachel. When I do a portrait like this, I first reduce the photograph to lights and darks. Then, using a digital tablet and Photoshop, I draw geometric outlines of each area of light or dark on separate layers. When that's complete and the layers are working together and I'm happy with the likeness and the feeling of the piece, I begin adding color. Color is kept pretty naturalistic, of course, except that I sometimes take liberties with the colors of the clothing and the background. Each portrait, if it goes well, takes a couple of days to do.

The finished portrait is 13"x19" and is printed on heavy stock with archival inks for rich color, detail and long life. It's shipped rolled in a heavy-duty tube and is ready to take to the framer's.

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Made in Lincoln, NE

By Douglas Simonson

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