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Making Of 'Victorian Voodoo'

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I like to skip around the painting, so now I jumped to painting out some of the objects in her hair. At this point the peacock skull didn't have many colors in it, but I figured I would go in with a color layer and add more colors throughout the whole image later. I added some cinnamon sticks, white peacock feathers, Star Anise, and some more strange items to help pull off the voodoo vibe. I then moved on to playing around with the background and decided to keep it simple since the main focus had so much detail. I decided to add a light colored line to give off the appearance that she has a light source behind her as well (Fig.06 - 07).

Fig. 06

Fig. 07

I kept up with my usual process of hopping around the whole painting. I added some texture and darkness to her neck to make it seem like she has some sort of choker on, however I wanted it to blend in with her skin. I kept adding details here and there until I thought I was finally finished (Fig.08).

Fig. 08

Final Touches

I came back to the image after leaving it for a while, to realize I had made her face and skin tone too harsh and dead. Although I wanted a creepy vibe I also wanted her to have a sweet look, so I added warmth to her skin, softened her face a bit, and added a few more colors here and there. I added another layer set to Color and applied the colors at low opacity so it wouldn't be so bold. Then I decided to finally call the piece finished (Fig.09).

Fig. 09

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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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