Roy Scheider portrait in an hour

This afternoon I gave myself an hour to do a digitally painted portrait, just to see what I could manage given the time constraint. I want to do more of this kind of work after using this process for my Hobo With a Shotgun and Drive posters. I completed this in 58 minutes, despite being interrupted by a phone call. Rock n’ roll.

I knew right away who I wanted to paint, the main character from my favourite movie. Chief Martin Brody from JAWS, played by the late Roy Scheider, based on a frame from the movie just after the shark’s big reveal.


  1. Wonderful !
    Please, if you have the time, put a quick tutorial – how to do that :)

  2. james (Author)

    Don’t think I’ll do a tutorial on this sort of thing. There’s so much trial and error in getting the strokes and tones right that the process actually breaks down. A lot of instinct … and screwing up.

  3. Hugo

    It’s super nice! Great motive!

  4. Not bad, especially considering the time restrains. Might give something like that a try. I haven’t been doing any digital painting in a while. :)

  5. Ter

    Awesome – love the painting and the subject. Classic and 58 minutes? Good show sir :)

  6. spaceprophet

    Oh cool! Love it, love it! Are you gonna give any of this one away do ya think?

  7. John

    Awesome painting of the my fav actor as well. Sweet work James. Are you giving it away by any chance?


    Love it! – the color palette rocks!

  9. Wes

    From one fan of the movie to the other, this thing RULES. I knew instantly the scene this was taken from. Nice work!

  10. this looks very retro, great set of colors

  11. SmedleyX

    We’re gonna need a bigger boat!

  12. it’s incredible that you get this done in less than one hour! I can’t imagine myself to draw something like this in full working day, so I am really impressed!

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