For this Art, you need:
Form and Contruction
Color Choice or Color Theory (You have to know the color to make it pleasing to look at)
Rendition (How to put the light and shadows)
Patience (Because you have to make it detail as possible)
Secret Ingredients are:
P.S. Also, you need to add some reference. You need to make sure that you're making a real food.
Sketch and Line Art
First, make your sketch and line art as detailed as possible. Add all the necessities and make sure to check for references.
On the line art, make sure to separatethe Bowl, the noodles, and the toppings.
You can manually add the Silhouette by using pen.
In this case, it is important to separate the 3 layers, the Noodles, the Bowl and the Toppings.
But if the line art is clean, and all the lines are close, you can select the outside area of the Drawing by using the magic wand.
Then expand the selection by 1 pixel
and Invert the selection
Then color it with one color.
It's fine to use any color so that we can easily tell that they are on the same group.
Adding The Flat Colors!
Add color on top of the Silhouette Layers
and Clip the new Layer to the Silhouette
It's fine if you put everything to one layer Flat colors on top of the Sillhouette
I made 2 layer of noodles to make the submerged noodles blur.
To blur it, Just go to:
Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
and just make it blur a little.
Adding some Effects and Details
You added a soup layer on top of every layer but there's a very easy way to delete those areas where the toppings are located by simply "Ctrl + Click" the image of the layers and it will select the entire silhouette of the present layer within it.
I prefer to add Layer masking before doing anything just for safety measures.
Now for the Noodles that was not being submerged, let's use the Quick Mask tool to some part of it to be shown above the soup.
Go to Select > Quick Mask
with this, it is easier to add selection by using your favorite pen, and you can add selection while inside a selection.
We will be adding Oil Effect as well for more details by just using the Quick Mask again.
Draw circles on areas where to put the oil
With that selection, duplicate that soup area and turn it to red orange by using the Hue/Saturation/Luminosity.
To find that:
Go to Edit > Tonal Correction > Hue/Saturation/Luminosity.
After that, duplicate that layer and change its color to light yellow and Blur it out using Gaussian Blur.
And it should look like this on the next image.
of course, you are now seeing a detailed colors, that is because you can add it now.
By using all those features:
You can do this, and merge the layers selecting all the layers you want to merge (Bowl, Toppings, Noodles) and go to:
Layer > Merge selected layers
Adding the Shadow and Highlights
This will be easy as you already experienced all the magic.
All you need to do is:
Duplicate each layer
use Hue/Saturation/Luminosity to darken and saturate.
Add Layer Mask to it.
and use brush to paint to reveal underneath the layer as lighter area. It's like erasing the shadow.
You can do the same thing on saturated highlights by duplicating the Merged layer. This time, the Light saturated layer is underneath the shadow layer.
Now you can add a New layer on top of all the layers for Shiny Highlights. This is a free style. You can add somewhere the light direction headed.
Now of course, let's not forget the color of Line Art!
Add New Layer on top the Line Art
then clip it to the line art layer.
You can color it freely with little bit darker than the darkest color in the area.
Just keep on adding layers on top to fix some imperfect areas. Add steam, add new layers for make corrections, and more, just to make it more beautiful!
Hope you learn something from this. All of this magic is very useful to every digital art we create.
That's all for me! Thank you!