Hedcut portraits

mitch

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i always liked looking at those in the WSJ. the technique appeared to be a simplified version of banknote portraits, presumably done by 'tracing' over a photograph? but who knows, maybe the artists could freehand it...
 

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i always liked looking at those in the WSJ. the technique appeared to be a simplified version of banknote portraits, presumably done by 'tracing' over a photograph? but who knows, maybe the artists could freehand it...
It’s done on a light table using a sort-of tracing method. They really don’t divulge much. I’m attempting a digital version using layers in Procreate similar to the way they do it. They’re under time constraints and deadlines so they have to get them done in 4-5 hrs ea, so they don’t do much freehanding and do it the fastest way possible. And it’s quite challenging to say the least.
 

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Thanks for the info, Sam.
I always enjoyed them in the WSJ,
Somewhere among my files I have a collection of them that I cut out and saved.
Years ago I tried to get method info from the publishers but they weren't very forthcoming.
 

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Thanks for the info, Sam.
I always enjoyed them in the WSJ,
Somewhere among my files I have a collection of them that I cut out and saved.
Years ago I tried to get method info from the publishers but they weren't very forthcoming.
I’ve gotten bits and pieces and that’s about it. They really don’t go into the nuts and bolts of how it’s done.
 
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