Portrait Study. Digital Painting. Started in 2008, worked on it sporadically and finished in September 2013. This started as a hand drawing, later on scanned and painted digitally with a Wacom tablet using multiple references throughout the process.
Amazing job! I love how realistic it looks, especially the skin and the eye (with the reflections, awesome). The hair is lacking a bit compared to the skin and the rest of the face but overall it's an amazing piece!!
Thanks! For the portrait I only used the basic round brush using basic hardness and flow regulation adjustments (and lots of free time), the porous looking texture on the cheek came out of the texture of the graphite of the original hand drawing (I don't know where that one may be right now, but it wasn't one of my most accurate drawings.. I made a lot of digital corrections on the anatomy once I started painting it digitally), after working on the whole thing for a while, the graphite texture ended up looking something like pores, I liked how that unintended detail came out and kept it that way on that part of the face while painting it off everywhere else.
For the background I did use a couple of grunge texture brushes from some grunge pack from DA (most grunge brushes look very similar and you would get that effect almost from any of them).
The realism is very strong in the eye and lips. The hair is a little trapped in the uncanny valley through but is 'realistic' through. Good call on have the background go from light to dark so ya didn't have to use a color so different from the girl esp her hair.