Digital Painting Attempts

by MendedArrow

I am learning how to digitally paint by making portraits of various icons. It is quite difficult to get used to the lack of friction as well as hand eye coordination.

The finished pieces are not incredibly strong, however, I believe it is a good start. Perhaps you will see more soon.

The choices of icons are based on an interest in their historical significance. Meaning, I don't necessary agree with everything they have said - what two human beings ever do?

Nelson Mandela

Emma Goldman

Che Guevara

Mother Jones

Bizhan Jazani


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Great job

by Behrooz (not verified) on

The beauty of the paintings aside, I am surprised at the extentt to which we agree on the icons; Jazani will never be forgotten.

khaleh mosheh

Thank you

by khaleh mosheh on

For these fantastic drawings- and keeping alive the memory of Bijan, a true revolotionary- Rohesh Shad.




by MOM (not verified) on

Great work, son!


Shahnameh heroes

by MendedArrow on

I never thought about painting some of the Shahnameh heroes. Sounds like a great idea. I have always been facinated by hero archetypes. 


love it. welcome to

by dad (not verified) on

love it. welcome to


Excellent job!

by Mehman on

MendellArrow, congratulations!

I like Mandella and Chegevera best!

Are you willing to work on the Shahnameh heroes? If yes let me know to see what we can do...

Behrouz Mehman 




by curious cat (not verified) on

multiple, are you.... omid?

Multiple Personality Disorder

These paintings are excellent, excellent, excellent.

by Multiple Personality Disorder on

You've done a great job.

I do some digital painting with the mouse sometimes and I know how difficult it is to paint digitally.  I’m aware that there have been pressure sensitive tablets out there in the market for a long time, but I am happy doing it by the mouse.  It gives me a sense of being imperfect in this imperfect world.  I also believe our resident cartoonist Mahmoud also uses the mouse to paint.

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Very nicely done. My favorite is Jazani. Mandela is also very good, especially with the black birds.


program used

by MendedArrow on


I am using Photoshop CS3 with a stylus tablet, but you should research the program, Art Rage. It is really cheap and specifically for digital painting.

Personally, I have only played with the tools in Art Rage. It is next on my list.

anonymous fish

that is AWESOME

by anonymous fish on

i love this!  especially the emma goldman.  what program are you using?

good luck and i HOPE WE SEE MORE.