View Full Version : Kyja Portrait Step by Step - continued where Bev left off!

09-14-2005, 01:46 PM
This tutorial was done to help Bev with this portrait as she requested it. But it is also for the benefit of all who watch this step progression on how this develops. Sorry for the lenghly thread, but I wanted her to see detailed progressions. (I have divided these steps into two postings because there were too many images.) So this is posting #1.

Before I started with the portrait where she left off, the first thing I did was to increase the file’s resolution to 150 dip so my brushes would work well. With time I have found that many brushes do not behave the same when using low-resolution files.

Step 1:
I made a sketch to compared with the painting Bev started and superimposed it over her painting to check feature placements. Everything was in place except for the eyebrows which where much lower than the photo reference.

It was important to me to make sure all features were in the right place before I started to add paint to it.


Step 2:
I started blocking in some basic colors following the contours as if I were sculpting. As you can see, the colors she used and the blending where good foundation for this portrait.

I used a brush that I created based on one of the acrylics, but I added softness and some impasto as to cover quickly the surface since the brush I’ll use later on, requires of many layers of paint.


Step 3:
Here I added basic tones to the bandana and her shirt, as well as adding paint to the shadow areas paying attention to color temperature.


Step 4:
Next, I painted the background and hair loosely.


Step 5:
I continue on the background trying different color combinations until I arrived to the tones and color that I believed enhanced the subject.


Step 6:
After I blocked in the background colors (with some impasto – the same brush I am using to block in colors on the face) and then started to blend the colors only where two colors meet.


Step 7:
Once I finished with the background, I continue to add colorful paint on the face. This time I used my other custom brush (the one that requires many layers of paint) Notice that for this tutorial, I left the sketch on a layer on top as a guide. Later this was deleted. I decided to leave this sketch up to this step so that Bev (and anyone else viewing this) get the idea on how/where I place the different colors.

Notice that the brush strokes follows the contour of her features.


Step 8:
The sketch was deleted. Once I had a considerable amount of paint, I blended the colors on the face and neck for the first time, molding the subject’s features. To blend, I used a stump.


09-14-2005, 01:47 PM
Posting #2

Step 9:
I continued adding more paint including the eyes. These colors were placed in strategic places as to enhance her features.


Step 10:
Here, I blended the colors again softly as to preserve the impasto stokes.


Step 11:
Here I added dark skin tones to the areas in shadow and added complimentary colors.


Step 12:
I added stronger colors. In this picture, it gives the impression that I covered the green on the neck with the red-orange, but it is actually not covered. It is hard to appreciate it from this small picture.


Step 13:
I blended the colors just a little and added the garment on the neck and further defined the shirt. I also paid attention to her lips defining its shape and color.


Step 14:
Further developed her complexion adding darker variations of skin color and compliments for the area of light. In this stage I am not blending at all, just adding paint. The custom brush blends the different colors applied when I apply just a little pressure on my stylus. I further defined the lips, and the areas around the eyes, nose, and mouth.


Step 15:

In this final stage, I detailed the eyes and added some assumed reflected colors (light). I also detailed the earrings and the hair, and called the portrait DONE!… and signed it.


Face Detail:


Eye Detail:


Background Detail:


I hope you have enjoyed this progression of steps. If you have any comments or questions, I will be more than happy to help!

11-30-2005, 07:59 PM
Origional Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=294905)