Digital Paintings by Artist C.Gerhardt
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Mystic Portraits - The Process

Mystic Portrait - The Process

Step One
Each portrait starts with 5 or more high quality digital reference photographs that you provide.  Providing large, clear photos with good lighting is important. Using my Wacom tablet and a drawing application, I begin to sketch the subject and any requested elements (wings, mermaid tail, crown, etc.).  

Step Two
Next I apply color, incorporating your requested color scheme with the help of several different sized brushes. I build your portrait with multiple layers until I have the main painting constructed.

Step Three
Lastly, I draw fine details on the image. This step is where the image really comes to life. I strive to make sure all details add to the overall aesthetic of the portrait and do not deter from the visual balance of the painting.

Additional Information
• All Mystic Portraits are 100% hand painted, from start to finish. This gives the art piece a fully cohesive look. A base photo is no longer part of my creation process.  

• An average single person portrait takes approximately 23 hours to complete.
  
• Special Mythical Creature Element requests,  such as unicorns and dragons,  add additional hours to the drawing process.
 
• Your Mystic Portrait is entirely hand drawn, no clip-art or “cut and paste” methods are used in the creation of your custom artwork.

Mystic Portraits - The Process

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