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20 Masterful Digitally Painted Celebrity Portraits

Digital painting is becoming increasingly recognized as a respectable art form, and given the skills required, it’s easy to see why. Many digital paintings, as with traditional paintings can appear amateurish if constructed poorly. However, with a lot of a skill and a graphics tablet, a great artist can produce true works of art.

Despite the use of ‘layers’ in Photoshop, or equivalent software, digital painting is very similar to painting with oils or acrylics. It is simply the building up of colors. Often if a color is slightly off, digital painters will instead of delete a layer or brush stroke, simply continue painting over it, and adding more colors. One benefit of digital painting is that artists can choose from an absolutely huge variety of brushes, and even add in ready-made textures to their work.

I’ve hand selected 20 incredible daily paintings of celebrities for you to examine truly masterful work. I hope that these works will inspire you, and I strongly encourage you to go and check out these artist’s other works.

20 Masterful Celebrity Portraits



(artists portfolio)

Other Resources

Digital Painting Tutorial – An absolutely awesome tutorials that benefits beginners and intermediate level users. A huge amount of detail in this one!

40 Incredible Digital Painting Portraits – A great roundup of digitally painted portraits. Some of these are photo realistic, very impressive work!

Learn how to paint digitally Albert Einstein (Video). – Amazing speed painting video. Look out for how the artist builds up color and shadow, before going over these layers with finer details.

40 Fascinating Digital Painting Tutorials – There are actually 49 tutorials here (I assume they added further user suggestions). All of these tutorials look to be fantastic resources for learning the medium, I recommend you go and explore them!


About the Author:

Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.

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10 Comments:

  1. Vidiya says:

    such a beautiful posters there and you’ve a good choice there as you done many time before, i really like these of all painted posters.

    Thanks
    Vidiya

  2. Saro says:

    Great complication, thanks!

  3. This is simply amazing.

  4. Tom says:

    Thanks guys, I’m glad you enjoyed these works :) . As I said in the post, you should definitely go and check out the artist’s other works, they are some seriously talented individuals.

  5. Eric Shafer says:

    Tom, these are so awesome! I wish I was that good at digital painting.

    Featured here: http://www.presidiacreative.com/best-of-the-web-28/

  6. Adam says:

    Some of those are stunning – I’d love to see the top 20 celebrity caricatures.

  7. MikeL_zO! says:

    Wow! Great round up master tom!

    Scarlett and Megan are still HOT even in digital painting! LOL! XD

    ~nice to be back..

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  9. Wallpapers says:

    I think less than half of these portraits are good. I mean, you can recognize the celebrity on every picture except one, but I think a portrait is nothing without a proper lightning. It’s hard, and maybe 5 to 10 are really impressive. The others are not professional.
    My favorite is the Snoop Dogg one, I think.

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