If you’ve ever been curious how an artist can take a blank canvas and transform it in a life-like portrait, you should check out today’s YouTube clip. Nico di Mattia provides us with a first hand look as he digitally paints Scarlett Johansson with nothing more than a reference photo, a computer, and a tablet. (A tablet is a device that connects to a computer that allows an artist to simulate the use of a pen or brush on a flat surface, allowing them to use the same motions that they would in real life, but instead control a mouse pointer on a screen.)
The 6 minute video is time lapsed over a few hours, but you get to see everthing he does, starting with a white canvas, and ending up with an incredibly realistic painting of one of my favorite actresses of all time. It’s really incredible to see a few baselines become something so detailed – at one point he zooms in so you can see him create the necklace with tiny emeralds, each reflecting the light.