Portrait Painting - Progress and some coloring tips

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A. Introduction

Hello everyone ~

I am here with another TIPs for you guys !!

Recently, I really like to making my digital artwork looks like traditional painting, just using basic original brush of Clip Studio Paint. OK, so today I will share with you some TIPs to paint so much like traditional.

But first, I have to say that I prefer painting with big and flat color part. I don't blend ^^~
I just don't want my artwork looks exactly like a photo >"< And I will put my brush setting at the end of this tutorial !

Okay, let's get started !

B. Step 1: Sketching

1. Rough Sketch.

Start with a rough sketch. It can be messy. Very messy, as mine, *too shy*.
But this is an important step, you need to draw as much as you can to show out the idea that come to you about your artwork.

Talk about the last tips again, never draw hair without drawing a skull first, do you remember ?

2. Sketch line

As you can see, my rough sketch is very messy so I have to create another layer to sketch it again clearly.

C. Step 2: Based Background color

Start with creating a new layer UNDER the line layer, so it won't cover all your line sketch.
Here is a very important note: never start to color without creating a layer with background color first. The BG color will set the whole artwork color tone, and prevent some pixel are left over when you start painting.

1. Solid color:
Pick up a color, for me here is the grey rose. Using [Alt} + {Delete] to fill the layer with your color.

2. Identify light source and start to color it with lighter color.

3. Start to identify the light patches on the character, and paint it.

D. Step 3: Identify the dark and light patches

On the same layer, start using another darker color to paint the darker patches on the face, the hair, and the waist. Blend a little to the background too.

Continue with the hair. Using a color with different shade of its.

E. Step 4: Multiply and Overlay

1+ 2. Create a new layer and choose [Multiply] mode. This time we will add more color to the artwork. I start with the hair, and then her blush and lipstick. And finish it with merging 2 layer together.

3. I use another [Multiply] layer to decide her hair color.

4. In the same way with the previous step, I create a new [Overlay] mode layer to paint the highlight. I usually using 2 shade of yellow to draw the light.

5. After that, merge 2 layers together. But there is a note in this one. Look at the Left picture, the light was too bright and vivid. So I decide to paint over it another a little bit darker color.

F. Step 5: Painting

Okay next I merge all the layer together, including the line and start to paint over it. I usually begin with the eyes, and then the face, etc. In all of these step, I don't use any blending brush. I just use the gouache brush only and paint it little by little.

TIPs: Using the [Alt} key to pick the color immediately at the nearby so you don't need to use the blending brush. Blending can make 2 or more color blend together softly, but it has a disadvantage: if you can't control it, your skin will look like plastic and won't have any shape.

When finish, move on to the hair. Start draw it clearer and softer. Using the last tips: begin from the big part, and then separated into the smaller one. Start with the based color, then using the darker one to make it have more depth.

Be careful with the brighter part. It has to be more shining and it need you to spend more and more time with it.

I have created another [Multiply} mode layer to give my artwork more shade, and then I continue with another [Overlay] mode layer to give it a little sunshine.

G. Step 6: Additional details and Effect

To add more details, I create a new [Screen] layer first, and draw a second light source. It comes from a little planet.

On another [Add (Glow)] Layer, I draw that little planet and some little star by using the [Spray Airbrush] again.

Here are all of the brushes that I have used in this artwork. They are all original from Clip Studio. You can use it just by click to the icon and choose the one that you wanna use.

Adding some star, star dust and some abstract light.

H. Step 7: TIPs for standardized color

Sometimes when you finish your drawing but suddenly realize that the color doesn't look so good. Don't worry ! I show you my way !

On the left, I feel the saturation of my painting is a little bit low, I want it more colorful. So let's create another [Overlay] layer, and fill it with a solid color. For me, I want my painting look warmer so I choose a pink color.

Next, using [Ctrl} + [U] to standardized the color untill you satisfied with it.

Finally, merge all the layer together and put your signature and watermark on, and we've done !

I. Thank you <3

Whoa, congratulations, you have reach the rest of my tutorial. I hope I have expression my opinion clearly and easy to understand. Thank you so much for reading 'til this part.

Hope my tips work for you ! And if it does, please give me a heart !!! Thank you <3




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