This is a portrait for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on Flickr. There have been a lot of new members lately and I’m trying to catch up on some portraits. I’ve been experimenting with the combination of Sketchbook Pro and ArtRage lately. I like to use Sketchbook Pro first and then import the picture into ArtRage to add various textures and give it a more painterly feel. I recently started using the varnish setting in the oil brush and using it on a separate layer to add brushstrokes to the picture. It doesn’t seem to get muddy working that way. I also like the way it works with the watercolor paper surface, the brushstrokes seem to sit on the surface a little differently than the way it works with the canvas setting.