I started with the intention of strictly copying the photograph of Christina Aguilera, but quickly let go and tried to add a more painterly feel. I also wanted to make the eye focus immediately to Christina's Face and eyes. Afterwards, hopefully your eye will move around the edges of painting.
Anyways I spent FOREVER on this one. I would say at least 50 hours total?
I really got extremely detailed with this painting. I made it a HUGE file and was zooming in quite a bit. The smudge tool is my best friend.
I need to learn some kind of hand exercises so I don't freaking get carpal tunnel or arthritis or something. My hands hurts SO BAD after this painting.
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