Hello, my name is Leanna Crossan, and I'm an illustrator living in Jacksonville, Florida USA. Welcome to my colored pencil tutorial!
Step 1: Fill Layer
To replicate the look of a toned paper I use a salmon pink color as my base layer. To do this I add a new layer and use the paint bucket tool to fill it.
Step 2: Layout Sketch
I start my rough sketch. I want to keep my lines light so I can draw over them later. At this stage I am not concerned by details, I only need the general placement of the features.
Step 3: Color Wash
I use the Oil Paint Flat Brush at a large size and low opacity to wash in approximate skin tones and hair color. I just want to give myself a rough base to work on top of, I am not yet concerned with the actual value.
Step 4: First Details
I switch back to the Colored Pencil tool and I start placing darker lines. To make this look very pencil like I use short strokes with a brush approximately 3.0 in size. To give my portrait the illusion of depth I try to wrap my brushstrokes around the face like a sphere.
Step 5: Additional Details
More detail is added, but there is still a long way to go! While drawing I am still attempting to follow the contours of the form to push the roundness of the features.
Step 6: Add Shadow Shapes
I place in some rough my shadow shapes to give the portrait more depth. I use the same Colored Pencil tool but at a larger size and lower density.
Step 7: Form Change Equals Value Change
From here I push my details farther, I keep using the Colored Pencil tool at a large size and low density.
A good phrase to remember is "form change equals value change" which basically means if there is a change in an objects shape a resulting value change will show itself. Like how a cylinder will gradate from light to dark. It is an important rule for realism.
I keep this rule in mind when adding dark values around the cheek bones, eyelids, or where ever else there is a shape change in the face.
Step 8: Commit to Values
I commit to my value placement and push my values darker towards the final look. I switch back to using the Colored Pencil tool at a smaller size and higher density to make the image look more like a traditional colored pencil style.
Step 9: Finalize Details
I add a coat collar, pupils, and details around the face. I pay special attention to facial structure and think about the planes of the face and how their values interact to create features that look dimensional. The "Planes of the Head: Artist's Mannequin Head" by John Asaro is very helpful to study in this regard.
Step 10: Finishing Touches, Correction Layers, Soften Edges
I add more detail, continually using the Colored Pencil tool at a small size, making every stroke small and scratchy.
Because colored pencils can look very harsh I soften the shadows on the collar and cheeks using the Oil Paint Flat Brush at a low opacity. To finish, I use Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation/Luminosity, Level Correction, Tone Curve and Color Balance Correction Layers to tweak the colors and values.
If you have any questions please comment below! Or email me at Crossan.Art@gmail.com