Painting a character with a pained expression

Painting a pained expression

Perfect a tortured expression with these quick tips

I start this task by conducting some research, because however much I think I can visualise how to paint a painful expression with a sense of photorealism, seeing one in front of me will be much more useful. I also have the options of either using myself as a reference, or asking a friend to recreate the desired expression.

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Mélanie is a freelance illustrator who specialises in fantasy. She is a digital painting instructor at CGMA.