Afghan Girl - Digital Speed Painting Time Lapse Process
Hello everyone, today I would like to share a digital painting of Sharbat Gula from the famous photo 'Afghan Girl' that I used as reference. Below I will share the process with images and a timelapse video at the end.
I begin with a quick sketch and fill in the basic tones of the piece. This is just about filling with colours and accuracy is not as important.
I then start adding more detail starting with the eyes and also add more tones to the piece. I use a color picker tool to pick similar colours that are next to each other when adding new tones. I also start to make sure that the proportions are as accurate as possible. It is very easy to get the wrong size, shape or angle of the eyes and rest of the face.
I add further detail to the eyes as they are the main focal point in this piece.
Final step involves adding further details such as freckles and smoothing the tones in the face using a slight blur tool.
This was completed over several hours using a wacom intuous graphics tablet on the software GIMP.
Below is a 2 minute timelapse of the whole process with music.