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Here’s Johnny……..

Well kind of…. and no, not Johnny Carson!

A friend of mine loves Johnny Depp and often mentions I should do another digital pic of him… well… hint taken!

I thought it would be a good idea to share both the digital pics I have done of him, just to show the difference in software and ‘time’.

The one below is from 2009 when I first started dabbling in digital painting.  As I have mentioned before, I didn’t actually have a painting programme – I used Corel PaintShop Pro, which is really a photography package but can be used to ‘paint’, although it has very little in the way of brushes etc.

So as you can see above, he’s pretty basic and to be honest I kind of cringe looking at it again for the first time in several years. However we have to start somewhere, and once you start, the only way is up! (Or in some cases with several other works of mine…perhaps sideways?)

Three years later and I am now using and learning the ins and outs of Corel Painter 12.  As a painter, rather than a graphics person, I love this software and I find new things every time I use it, which is great.  I am not really a fan of online help and really miss the days of having a ‘manual’ sitting on the desk that I can thumb through, make notes and stick little post it notes all over to remind me where to find ‘help’.  Progress eh?

Anyway……….. this latest Johnny is definitely a fun piece, and again a learning piece.  So feel free to critique – the only way to get better is for someone to point out what ‘they’ see is wrong.  I will share ONE problem I made for myself though!  There is a wonderful ‘effect’ that works really well for digital painting, and that is the ‘gaussian blur’.  It allows you to paint say a highlight, and then blur the edges so that it doesn’t look like a blob.  You can then adjust the transparency as well to get the effect just right.  Well….. I was doing this quite a bit and I think I accidentally used it on the ENTIRE canvas… hahahahah!  I didn’t realise for a while, so I tried to fix it a bit.  So if you think he looks a little ‘soft’.. that’s the reason!

So there we have it  Johnny Depp aka Captain Jack Sparrow, as painted by me 2013 !

Thanks for checking in!



Self taught artist back living in New Zealand after more than a decade of living in Canada. Starting over in more ways than one but always up for the challenge!

5 thoughts on “Here’s Johnny……..

  1. Nothing to cringe at in either painting, Sally. There is more detail in the second and it's awesome.

    Both are good and it's interesting to learn about your processes.

    Yes, he's a hunk, all right…and you are a fine artist.

    Hugs – Betty Dravis ❤


  2. Just a thought Sal, always keep an original layer to fall back on, but keep it turned off, and add a layer mask to the Gaussian blur layer so you can paint out the bits you don't want softened too much using a large, soft edged brush. Will give you a bit more control. Hope this makes sense :o) Like it! (I don't do art, ask Liz!)


  3. Cheers David 🙂 I have started keeping an 'original' layer once I'm well into the work itself – just have to remember to lock it! The software I have is cool but has two different means of merging layers, one is called 'drop', which drops everything to the original in what seems no particular order. The other is where you can choose the layers and just 'collapse' those – that's the one I'm using mostly.
    I still haven't mastered the 'mask' thing yet..shame on me I know, so I might have to give that a try!
    Sis xx


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