December 13, 2017

This speedpaint took me about 3h30 which I was quite happy about. I wanted to be a bit more carefree when it comes to lighting and coloring. 

This concept was inspired by a really cool detail from one of Happy D. Artist's painting - a butterfly holding a piece of hair. Her painting is called "Stories for a Ghost". 

I really liked that idea so I came up with this. 

You can see the full image here :)

Hope you like it :) 

December 10, 2017

Hello once again! As I mentioned on my previous post, I'll be posting the step by step process of my recent digital painting "Prairie". It all started when I was practicing anatomy from a reference picture I found on Pinterest. Sometimes when I see a pose I start to visualize a whole other setting and context to it. And that can be used as a trick for when we lack inspiration.

When I settled on the theme and scenario, I went on Pinterest again to find inspiration for her clothes (dress and shoulder piece). I think it's great to have something to look at that relates to what you are painting so you can get your ideas flowing. Just try to not get stuck on what you see too much. Make experiments and transform - make it yours.


I: On this first stage I place the base colours. Make sure there is enough contrast between these. You should check the values throughout your work progress. Just use the Black and White adjustment layer and tick on and off this layer as you go.

II: Shadows are now added. I like to go with a darker shade from the base color but with a different hue. For example, the base colour is a very light peach, but the darker shades are variations of dark pinks. There are many ways to paint skin and to choose its shades, it all comes down to preferences and other factors.

III: The background idea remained the same from my first attempt at painting this sketch. A prairie with a few flowers during daytime. I started to refine the dress and accentuate the folds of the fabric. Here I also did some variations with the colours. Instead of just using light and dark blues, I picked shades of purple.
IV: At this point I start by going over the linework. Little by little I start to refine the edges that are represented by the sketch lines. The skin colours that were already placed are now blended and her face features are more proeminent. After some playing around with the dragon scales from the reference picture for the shoulders, I decided to go on a different route.

V: Here I coloured the shoulder piece and gave it a metallic look - same as her waist accessory. As for the background, I used Selective Colour to fine tune the colours. The trunk was also rendered by adding greys and browns - as it wasn't a very important element I kept it simple enough to look like a trunk and to not be distracting.

VI: The whole image was adjusted with the Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer and the hair was taken care of by being painted with a darker colour and given some hair strands illusion.
VII: With an overlay layer and with a soft brush I go over the landscape and start to add the sunny atmosphere. I make sure her hair also has some of that light. Then I selected all of the background layers and merged them all together to apply a Gaussian blur filter.

VIII: After my boyfriend pointed out that her leg was looking a bit off - Sometimes we are so eager to finally finish or we are looking at the same painting for so long, that it is very easy to overlook details like these. Ask someone you trust to help you point out any mistakes. - I fixed it by taking a look once again at the reference picture. I also added some fabric from her dress on her right side to give it more dimension. With a cool sun ray looking brush I have on my brushes folder, I tried to represent the sun rays and it gave the picture a more striking look.

IX: On this final stage I applied a Multiply layer to darken her right side and "behind" her leg so there could be more depth. Some sparkles were added on her dress to make it a bit more fun. With a Color Dodge layer I add some highlights to her skin. When it comes to adjustment layers I used once again Brightness/Contrast and went with Vibrance to make the colours pop.

Afterwards I painted her ear and softened up her face a litte bit and I was finished!
You can check the full finished picture on my DevianArt here. :)


To briefly timelapse all of the steps until the final result, here's a gif for you!

If you like to watch timelapsed painting videos, I also recorded this process. You can watch it here! :)

I hope you enjoyed this post! I always have fun writing these.

See you next week!

December 6, 2017

Hello! ❄

Phew, this is my second try repainting a sketch I did few days ago. I've already spent around 6h hours on the first try, so starting all over again from scratch wasn't an easy decision. However, I'm very happy I did!

I used Paint Tool SAI to sketch and thanks to the stroke stabilizer it was so much smoother to draw than Photoshop.

I also made a skin color pallete to help me not side track too much on the skin colour. I wanna do more for other skin tones in the future. It's a good exercise.
After i finished recording I did some tweaks on the leg, ear, lighting and highlights.
I'll be posting a step by step process with commentary still this week of this piece!
Hope you enjoy the video :)

November 27, 2017

Hello! ❄ 

I've been experimenting a lot with smudge brushes. I found a really nice set of brushes on DevianArt for this purpose that work really well.

I love how when we find something new to use on whatever we are working on, it gives us such a breath of fresh air.

Regarding this digital painting timelapse, I wanted to practice rendering fabric and work the anatomy as well. At first I was going for a prairie landscape as background, but then i went for something simpler so the character could be even more of focus.

Brushes by JohnSilva:

Software: Photoshop CC 2017
Tablet:Wacom Intuos Draw S

Hope you enjoy!

November 9, 2017

Hi! ❄ Thanks for watching. Please like and subscribe :)

After much doodling around one of these days, I came up with this. It was my first time painting armor/metal and I loved doing it. It's really fun to play around with the color reflections and highlights.

The background was highly inspired by Grimes music video of her song "Go". At first I was going for a medieval town setting, but after some time that music video came to mind.

I hope you enjoy! :)

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