Portraits from the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Marvel movie.
The process went something like this... I took screenshots from the film to use as reference. Each image starts as a quick sketch in Photoshop. It's not necessary for this to be perfect as I can usually recover the image at the painting stage. Next stage is to create 4 layers (in this case - background, body, face and hair) and lock the pixels. I can then begin painting with a soft brush to establish the main colours before using a hard brush to paint more detail. Colour picking is not allowed! Each portrait takes about 1.5 hrs to 2 hrs.