Raheem Nelson

Self Portrait

The last realistic looking self portrait I created was last year in December. Creating illustrations of my self is rare especially in this style. The reason for that is it’s always a little eerie to see myself emerge from a digital canvas. I used a reference photo that a friend of mine shot so I could get the clarity I needed. I created a sketch to get the proportions right, I blocked out the colors and then blended everything together before adding several different backgrounds. My goal was to create a small series and showcase different sides of myself. For one most people see me in a suit and tie. The first portrait is me in a t-shirt and a backpack. After I finished that I painted a suit and tie on a separate layer. Art created using Procreate.

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