Alexey Kurbatov is an illustrator from St. Petersburg. He deploys mixed media painting technique and works with watercolor, oil, collage, tablet.
The artist pays great attention to nuances. As a result, a complex yet captivating image is born - the one that keeps the viewer for at least a couple of seconds longer.
"We live in a world of fast information that is why we have to fight for the human right to take our time to process things."
"What I am trying to do is more than just displaying the appearance or conveying the literal perception, but rather an attempt to capture the peak emotional moment through which a person is revealed. For me each face tells a story, to look at the portrait means to have a conversation. What's important here is to capture the character"
Alexey often works with book and magazine illustrations: his works have been published in Russian (from GQ and Harper's Bazaar to Kommersant and Snob) as well as in foreign media (Robb Report, The New Republic, The Atlantic, etc.), and adorned the books by Penguin Random House.
Portrait format and size: You will get a digital portrait at a size of 2500x3500 pixels.
Photo requirements: To create a portrait, you need to attach 5-10 photos. It is important that they are not blurred, not very small, and that the customer likes them. It's good if the shot is not staged, casual, but conveys emotion.
Printing capabilities: You can print the portrait without quality loss in A4 format.
Recommended paper: For quality prints you should opt for watercolour paper, but it's recommended to be used under the supervision of a print shop specialist. Photographic paper is a more popular and simpler option. It does not fade and is not afraid of moisture. But darkens the colours a little.
40x60 cm digital portrait by Svetlana Yarkey
The image in the portraits of Svetlana Erkei is built with the help of gray shades together with the computer graphics that look almost like a pencil drawing. It's all about shading. This is painstaking work, but it helps the artist to convey volumes, draw details, and express a personal relationship to the model.
The second important thing is light. Highlights in various shades create accents, highlight details, and separate the subject from the background. As a result, the portrait is both reserved and bright.
Portrait format and size: You will receive a digital portrait at a size of 4000x5000 pixels.
Photo requirements: 1 - a photo from which the client wants a portrait, 2 - a photo with any emotion (for example, a smile), 3 - profile (side view) photo.
Printing capabilities: You can print the portrait without quality loss in physical size up to 40x60cm.
Recommended paper: Best options are either satin paper (photo paper) or printing on canvas (varnished).
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