Thursday, September 13, 2007
Work has had me horribly busy, sorry for the long absence. Here's a short tutorial on the basics of how I paint the face of the lovely Jeanet. I generally draw with a pencil and scan it in. I mess with the brightness and contrast till the drawing is fairly clean and then in Photoshop I turn the drawing into a multiply layer. Underneath the multiply layer I create another layer to paint on. I usually use a flat brush so I can chisel out the planes of the face. My brush is set so that opacity is set to pen pressure.
Note how features are a little stylized and become design elements, you should check out the work of Gil Elvgren and J.C. Leyendecker who are masters at this.
now on a concept this is pretty much done but if this were an illustration I would render this more, using this as an under painting and obliterating most of the lines.
Cheers and much thanks to Jeanet and the impatient Saskia.
Next time, costume design or turning Jeanet into a spacegirl!