Monday, March 30, 2015

Onward: Surreal Fantasy Painting of a Barbarian Girl

Surreal fantasy portrait of a barbarian girl

Onward

Surreal fantasy digital painting 2015

The barbarian girl grows weary of her relentless march onward.

She finds herself slowing. Resisting. Giving up. Letting go.

She no longer cares of the obscure notion of a so called end. She has come so far, yet has reached nowhere.

Hope and purpose were cruel lies.

Sinister jokes which have brainwashed her for far too long.



This medieval portrait painting was created with Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop, and a Wacom Intuos tablet using a combination of digital painting and photo manipulation.

Based on the photography of Natalie Von Lotus


Gallery quality giclée fine art prints and merchandise are available at Society6 and Inprnt.





Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bathing Pixie: A Surreal Fantasy Digital Painting

Digital painting of a bathing pixie by Justin Gedak

Bathing Pixie

Surreal fantasy digital painting 2015

She washes her worries away, and bathes in naive pools of innocence and indifference. 

She frees herself of binding emotions, and unchains herself from suffering and regret.

She will not be held down.

She will not be a slave to the expectations of others.

She hears only what she wishes to hear, and eyes closed, she sees only beauty.



This digital portrait painting was created with Corel Painter 2015, Adobe Photoshop CS6, and a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet.

Based on the photography of Marianna Orlova.




Gallery quality giclée fine art prints and merchandise are available at Society6 and Inprnt





Friday, March 20, 2015

Standing Ground: Medieval Fantasy Portrait Painting

Surreal fantasy digital painting by Justin Gedak

Standing Ground

Surreal medieval fantasy portrait painting 2015 

She stands tall, and proud. 
She stands strong.
 She stands her ground.

As the shadows crowd around her, and the unforgiving world whispers of horror and of isolation, she refuses defeat. 

She is the light enduring in the impossible. The stubborn life-force insisting on survival. 

The warrior we all wish we could be.

Face detail of a digital portrait painting by Justin Gedak

This dark fantasy portrait was created with Corel Painter 2015, Adobe Photoshop CS6, and a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet using a combination of digital painting, and photo manipulation.

Based on the photography of David Olkarny


Digital painting of an eye by Justin Gedak.

Gallery quality giclée fine art prints and merchandise are available at Society6, and Inprnt




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pale Horse: A Surreal Medieval Fantasy Portrait Painting

Surreal medieval fantasy portrait by digital artist Justin Gedak

 Pale Horse

Surreal medieval fantasy digital painting 2015

There's a strange stillness to the surrounding world as she rides her pale horse in silence through the fog.

She is thankful that she has made it this far, and is hopeful for what the future holds. 

Despite the horrors she has faced, there is still a kindness in her heart which has managed to survive. A calming assurance that somehow everything will someday be alright. That everything really does happen for a reason. That her many efforts have not been wasted.


This portrait was created with a combination of digital painting and photo manipulation using Corel Painter 2015, Adobe Photoshop CS6, and a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet.

It was based on the photography of Amanda Diaz.

Digital portrait painting of a pale horse


Fine art prints and merchandise are available at Society6 and Inprnt


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Gothic Fantasy Portrait Painting: Secret by the Sea

Gothic fantasy portrait painting

Secret by the Sea

Surreal Medieval Fantasy Portrait Painting 2015

Resting in silence, she hides from the world. Her dark secret ties her to loneliness. Condemns her to solitude. Imprisons her to a foreboding sense of emptiness.

She stares up at the blank grey sky as the restless world passes her by. She prays for the idea of heaven, and the notion of salvation. She dreams of hope, and of freedom from her terrible curse.

The simplicity of the wildflowers, and the indifference of nature are her only friends.

The unknown her only grace.




This moody portrait was created with a combination of digital painting and photo manipulation using Corel Painter 2015, Adobe Photoshop CS6, and a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet. 

References were based on my own photography




Fine art prints and merchandise are available at Society6 and Inprnt












Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My Painting Process: A Digital Painting and Photo Manipulation Tutorial

This digital painting and photo manipulation tutorial is a glimpse into my creation process when coming up with my surreal medieval fantasy portraits.


Although I do use a lot of my own photography, this painting was based on a photo provided by model and photographer Lora Palmer (LonelyPierot) 


After resizing the photo to 9000 x 6000 resolution, I start off in Corel Painter 2015 by blocking in and smearing the background and parts of her face with the "Real Clumpy Broad Bristle" brush.

Most of the painting is actually done with this brush, with only parts of it done with "Smeary Round" and "Glazing Round" brushes.

Although Painter has hundreds of brushes, I find it more effective to only use a few.

The drawing tablet I use is a Wacom Intuos Pro.


Next I add in some detail to the necklace and eyes.


Using the "Smeary Round" brush, I begin to add in strands of hair. I pretty much only use this brush for hair. 

For painting hair I will usually paint many layers, adjusting the opacity of each of them differently to give dimension and variety.


Next I add in her armor.


Then a sword, and more detail to the shoulder guards. 


This is when I start messing around with the lighting. I add many layers of both black and white, turning the opacity in each of the lighting layers to almost zero. This adds a realistic softness to everything around the face, allowing the viewer's eye to be drawn to the crisper details of the face itself.


I add in red war paint using multiple multiply layers, again adjusting the opacity for each of the layers.


I then scratch away some of the color in a mask layer, and add some white and black detail over the red.


I flip the painting horizontally to look for flaws, and end up liking it better flipped.

(When I was a traditional oil painter, I would often try and pick out flaws in a similar way by looking at my paintings through a mirror.) 


I add in highlights in the hair, again in many layers.


And then more darker strands.


I make the hair thicker, and fuller.


More detail to the hair.


After I'm pretty much happy with the final product, I open it up in Photoshop CS6 to tweak the lighting. Overall I find Photoshop easier and more efficient for this.



And there you have it, my digital painting and photo manipulation process. To see more of my artwork, check out my website: www.justingedak.com