Monday, May 28, 2007

painting process

For those who are interested I uploaded some pictures showing a step by step painting process:

(1) I started off with a drawing I had done a long time ago. A simple marker sketch showing some basic proportions and an idea for a costume design. After opening it in photoshop I duplicated the background layer and set it on “multiply“.

(2) Underneath, on a third layer I started blocking in warm colors using a low key palette.

Sometimes it helps to look for color reference before starting on a whole new picture. Open it in a new window and pick the colors you like.

(3) I wasn’t really happy with the face so far and while fliping the image back and forth I realised that some of the features were slightly out of place. I decided to paint it all new and continued painting while constantly fliping the image and work either on the regualar or the mirrored image. Then I established a few cold colors in the reflections of the skin and hair.

(4) I did the same to the dress and the sword: cold reflection from an imaginary window above and warmer ones from the light reflected from the floor. As you can see I also started to change the proportions of the whole figure by cutting and pasting parts I felt were too long or too short. Also the silhouette needed some more refinement.

(5) To give the whole picture a bit more dimension I thought the figure might cast a shadow on the wall behind. Further I had to check my values to not loose the silhouette of my character. I wanted the focal point to be around her face, collar and a few accents on the belt and sword. Thats why I saved the brightes tones for excactly those areas. The same goes for the amount of detail. Areas close to the center would get more attention than those further away. Some highlights and makeup are added to the face but the surrounding is treated more rough and blurry almost unfinished.

(6) To brake the vertical symmetrical composition I added a few diagonal shapes suggesting shadows casted by a light from above. In this case I put composition over realism and not trying to find out what is right but what looks good. Again lighter and warmer areas in the foreground and cold/dark areas in the background add a sense of depth to the image.

(7) Once the character was set up I decided to add some texture to the background. I chose an image of an aged wall I found on one of the various sides on the net, pasted it on a new layer with “overlay“ setting. The textures on the dress were painted with a simple round brush with “opacity“ set to “50%“.

(8) The trickiest part for me was her hands. I didn’t want to give them too much attention but then again they needed some more refinement since they play a big part in a characters personality. I changed the positions a couple of times and treated them like the face by fliping the image constantly. Keeping the allover value down helps to draw attention away from them.

(9) After turning the background layer on again I cropped the image, merged the layers down and played a bit with the contrasts.

I hope this gives a bit of an insight of how I work. If you need to know more feel free to post a comment below.


Fabio D'Auria said...

Oh yeah!
Thank you, it's very interesting!

Benjamin von Eckartsberg said...

It is very interesting how structured your approach to a picture is.
Thanks for sharing.

Thomas von Kummant said...

I would have needed a teacher like you, when I was younger. Shit man, you should open a school!!!!
Thank you to share this.

Daniela Raisig said...

Great Artist.....bist halt ein kleines genie! :)
Hey, wie gehts dir!
Lieber Gruss!

Eric Desideriu said...

Damn good and interesting. Even if you know in fact how the technique works, but very interesting wo see it the way you apply.
Thanx, great work again, want more of such tutorials:)

Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks fore sharing, i've got some new inspirations.

Daniela Raisig said...

Hi du.....danke, für dinen netten Kommentar auf chicks´n´chock!
Die mädels hier sind ganz wild aufs bloggen!

Laila Petersen-Jama said...

hey peter.
tanx for the information about my comments change, now i changed it and hope for some comments.
Yes chicks'n'chuck is a nice thing, look forword to the next challenge.

Anonymous said...

Hi Peter, ich hoffe es ist dir recht, ich hab deine Seite mit meiner Verlinkt ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the positive feedback to all of you. I hope I can show more on my website soon.

Anders said...

wow man!! what an artist!!!
great great artworks here! really inspiring!!! and thanks a lot for your comment, if you don't mind, I link you up!!!

Tyler Stott said...

Rockin stuff here!!

I just went and checked out your site...AMAZING!!

looks like ill be swinging by here often to see whats new.


Dave McClellan said...

Thanks for posting these. Always appreciate a good step by step sequence. Great stuff on your website too.

diemischi said...

hey Peter,
vielen Danke für deinen lieben Kommentar...aber dem kann ich mich ja nur anschließen :-D
super, liebe grüße,
die mischi

Laila Petersen-Jama said...

I wish I yould color like that, but I kind of give up before i beginn, not so patient like you i guess, but good to see the teknique

Anonymous said...

Hei peter, jetzt wird's aber zeit, dass mal was neues dazu kommt ;) so geht das doch nicht. Ist wie mit Schaufenstern. Spätestens nach 4 Wochen muss mal was neues rein. Grüße

Ryan Khatam said...


cool progress pics!

Christian said...

Thanks for the insight, Peter!
Looks great!

Roberto Zaghi said...

Thanks for sharing this step by step sequence, it's priceless! Congrats for your great work!

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Anonymous said...

nfdyOb Wonderful blog.

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Hello all!