Image 1 of 7. Title: Cortical Blindness
Artist: Veronica Huacuja
Medium: Digital Art
Size: 10,630 x 8,269 px, 300 dpi
Year: 2020Image 2 of 7. Compare the palette in this stage from the last result (Image 1 of 7), where I exaggerated the orange color. Image 3 of 7. Detail of Diego Velazquez's portrait, "Pope Innocent X" (1650). Retrieved from

Feb 16, 2020

(PP29. Cortical Blindness) 

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The data sheet of the artwork is: 

Title: Cortical Blindness 

Artist: Veronica Huacuja 

Medium: Digital  Painting

Year: 2020

Collection: Portraits 

Let’s learn about... How to improve our portrait process and make a powerful character using one masterpiece of the Spanish painter, Diego Velázquez (1599-1660), “Pope Innocent X” (1650) (Image 2 of 5). We'll do this exercise with freedom, not trying to copy the work itself (which, BTW, it’d be a great training exercise), but to base our work on it. 


· Digital tablet (I use and recommend one with hand pressure sensitivity). 

· Photoshop (almost any late version of this software). 

. An image from Velázquez’s masterpiece, “Pope Innocent X”.

Some previous thoughts. Velázquez is one of the great masters of portraiture. What called my attention in this piece, among other important topics, is the amazing reflection of the powerful personality of the historical character (with its keen eyes) that the painter must have captured. As we know, Pope Innocence X is famous for his harsh hand using his political power. Whenever is the case, it’s important to get acquainted with the person’s biography when we make its portrait. 

My experience while making this artwork. I made a close-up of Velazquez’s portrait and increased to red the color values (Image 3 of 4). Then, as you can see, I chose a dark brown color for the background to work on it. When I say work on it I mean that the background color has to be an active part of the work, not to paint on it all the way through, but to use it in strategic areas. Here, in the shadows (Image 5 of 5). 

So, if the character's eyes were the thing that most affected me in this masterpiece, why don't make a character a blind one? And so I did.  

One more thing, “Cortical Blindness” won a “Special Recognition” at the 10th Anniversary Art Exhibition 2020 made by Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery (! Please see Image 7 of 7. 

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