Surreal Portrait Retouching Workflow

Surreal Portrait Retouching Workflow

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Many photographers are accomplished at bringing their vision to life. Kelly Robitaille has turned her dark and dreamlike visions into a series of surreal and whimsical portraits. In this tutorial Kelly shares her retouching methods, including actions, overlays and textures, which will allow you to create unusual and surreal portraits.

In this tutorial Kelly Robitaille unveils her entire creative workflow for taking surreal and whimsical portraits from concept to realization. Beginning with a concept, Kelly stresses the importance of giving her subjects backstory to create a narrative and enhance character-driven emotion within her images. She then dives into the technical side of her work demonstrating a number of Photoshop tools in interesting and unconventional ways specific to her style, yet easily translated into nearly any style or genre. Using common Photoshop practices like dodge and burn, frequency separation, compositing, blend modes, the liquify tool, and puppet warp, Kelly’s workflow provides a fresh look at retouching as an artful practice more than a trite and repetitive process. Kelly teaches how to manipulate human form with purpose, invoke emotion with characters, and use textures to create depth and atmosphere within images. Finally Kelly challenges you with a homework assignment, providing a RAW image and charact

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Surreal Portrait Retouching Workflow
  • Homework Assignment

    Episode 1

    Create your own custom interpretation of a Kelly Robitaille original. Kelly will provide a general creative brief and overview of the image assets and recap of techniques, so that you can create your own take on a Whimsical Waif, The Dove.

  • Negative Feedback

    Episode 2

    Listen to valuable insight as photographer, Kelly Robitaille, discusses the possibility of negative feedback when using methods like her's within the medium of art. Gain an approach and philosophy for developing your voice as an artist and standing behind your creative decisions.

  • RGGEDU Podcast

    Episode 3

    Join Rob Grimm and Gary Martin in another RGG EDU Podcast with photographer and artist, Kelly Robitaille. Hear about Kelly's life, background within photography, and her conflict and confidence within creating Surreal Portraiture.