A Celebration of Art - Weddings, Portraits, and Faces with Fay Sirkis is the new video training DVD for those who want to take their digital paint to the next level. Building off the instructor's prior DVD, Paint Like A Master this video continues your education in the use of Painter X and Adobe Photoshop for creating digital artwork. It is hosted by Fay Sirkis, an internationally recognized portrait artist, photographer, and instructor. The video is published by National Association of Photoshop Professionals, or NAPP. If you are not familiar with NAPP, please read my review on Photoshop User magazine to gain more insight on what NAPP is all about and why you might want to join.
Weddings, Portraits, and Faces is contained on two DVDs that run 397 minutes (6.6 hours) and are for use on a computer. It is aimed at users who want to take their digital painting to the next level. The author goes over the material in 51 lessons divided into eight sections.
Section 1 — "Retouching Eyes" (12 lessons) — begins, as in her previous DVD, by using Photoshop to prepare the image. There is a lot of information contained in these lessons with regard to retouching eyes. As they say, the eyes are the gateway to the soul, and so they are just as important to your portrait. In these lessons, your instructor goes over, in very fine detail, everything you will need to know about making the eyes the centerpiece of your work. The techniques covered here deal with all types of situations such as where the eyes are bland, how to fix small pupils, catch lights, and how to work with brown eyes.
It begins with a sketch of the parts of the eyes and how these relate to real eyes. Throughout these lessons you will learn how best to work with the pupils, moon, iris, and catch light. You begin with working the eyes of a groom. You move on to a little girl with where you work with her brown eyes. Then you see how to work with the whites and eyelashes. In each scenario, the instructor shows you how to take on new challenges with respect to the eye area. Keep in mind that this is not done from a photographer's perspective, rather from a painter's viewpoint and the techniques can be very different.