Creating a stylised male portrait

Illustrator Evgeny Parfenov explains how to paint a digital portrait using techniques based on geometrical rules.

I create a diverse range of illustrations, but I enjoy portraits the most. As an illustrator, I'm attracted to Expressionism, particularly the work of Egon Schiele and Wassily Kandinsky. This style has certain features that appeal to me a great deal.

Pictures are extremely stylised, with deliberate deformation, and there's a tendency to render objects in flat areas and employ sharp, dissonant colours. This is the approach I try to use in my own work.

In this tutorial I've outlined my approach to creating stylised portraits. The image I've used as my example was produced for my online project called tss Magazine. Every month I create a cover or two, illustrated with events or people I find especially interesting. I hope that you find my techniques useful!

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