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Making Of 'Victorian Voodoo'

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Date Added: 30th November 2012
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Laying Down Lines

Once I got my lines down, on a separate layer I put a layer of a different color underneath the sketch layer to give myself something to start with. I formed a basic plan of color range in my mind and I chose a color for the background that would go with that plan. I laid down the basic values and colors, but after a while I decided I didn't like the position she was in, so I painted her to face straight on. I like to keep parts of a sketch in low opacity and on separate layers as I like to keep track of where everything is placed. Also I can then toggle it on and off when I need it.

Once I was happy with her positioning, I laid down the basics of the hair. I used red/orange to make it pop from the rest of the image (Fig.02).

Fig. 02

First Details

When painting hair I lay down a dark layer to establish my basic hair shape. Once I have that layer I choose a slightly lighter color, a smaller brush and lay out chunks of hair. I use a soft brush and set it at a low opacity, to help fade and blend the ends out if they come across too harsh. Once that is done I pick a shade that's a bit lighter and use a slightly smaller brush. I keep this whole process up throughout the painting until I think I have it as detailed as I want it. If I lose some of the darker areas I go back in with the dark color and add some more shades back into the image (Fig.03).

Fig. 03

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Readers Comments (Newest on Top)
Patricia on Thu, 11 September 2014 7:17pm
Great detail! How many layers did you have in photoshop for this illustration?
Susan Weinberger on Fri, 29 March 2013 12:53am
could you please put an entire tutorial on one page? It is impossible to do it without the color picture in my hand (printed) . I tried copying each page and pasting it into word. It turned into 32 pages! going back and forth from photoshop would be such a pain , as I said, without seeing the colors of the finished product., I would have to go back and forth a thousand times! Please let me know if you have a "PRINT TUTORIAL" button somewhere. Thank you Susan
Rick Kleinosky on Thu, 20 December 2012 5:47am
Impressive tutorial
Leslie Tribolet on Wed, 19 December 2012 6:15pm
I am blown away. I am a portrait artist... on canvas, and wish I could do this... Really beautiful.
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