Raheem Nelson

Willow Smith

I’m back to creating celebrity portraits in my artwork. This painting of Willow Smith is a spiritual successor to the piece I did on Solange last year. Using the Procreate app I sketched the figure using the HB Pencil tool. Once I got all of the proportions right I moved on to the rough painting layer. All of the colors got blocked in for the face and hair using the turpentine brush and the oils brush. Afterward I blended the skin and painted in her dress. I created multiple versions of this piece to experiment too. Using digital media affords me a lot of freedom. This piece was inspired by a trip to The Louvre two years ago.

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