Monday, February 22, 2010

Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlavi

"Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlavi," Digital Painting, 2010

More tablet practice. I wanted to step up the difficulty this time with some details and a specific likeness to recreate. The subject is the former Shah of Iran, which I chose for a very early Norooz gift for my father-in-law. The first layer in Photoshop was all lines, then I made a smudge tool pass, then came a light layer of tighter lines. It's still too blurry for my taste, but I didn't want to dwell on it too long. I signed my name in Farsi along the bottom (while I remember how).


  1. Amazing work Josh! How long did this take you from beginning to end?

    Take good care,

    Jamie Shay

  2. Absolutely brilliant!

  3. @Jamie

    Longer than I'd like to admit. :) About 6 hours. Getting more comfortable, though. Thanks for commenting!