Photoshop tutorial: Surreal digital portraits

Artists are pushing digital painting in innovative new directions inspired by a range of creative traditions. One artist who’s leading the charge is Ratinan Thaijareorn -- aka Ise -- a Thai painter whose art draws on fine art and fashion, as well as symbolism.

Here she takes you through the process of how she creates her work, first roughly comping the arrangement of elements using reference photos and then applying layers of brushwork above them to produce the final piece.

This artwork was created for a Tiger Translate event in Thailand, an exhibition and concert organised by the beer brand to showcase the work of up-and-coming musical and visual artists. Ise’s work was displayed on banners in the event’s chillout zone.


Step 1 First, I start by finding pictures, photos or images from a variety of sources. Then once I’ve found them, I roughy merge them into one picture so I can see what they’d look like combined and get a sense of the composition. I then used these elements to create a line drawing of a tiger.

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