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In this tutorial I will take you through the process of creating my “Apache Warrior Portrait ” portrait illustration. I do think, painting character portrait is a great way to practice shading and color blending. You can have a real warrior photograph if you want. Working from a photo is fine too, you will get truer shades and reflections from real life. Though I’ll be coloring with a character sketch, you can apply skills from this tutorial to any digital coloring projects that you want.
Program: Adobe Photoshop CS3
Difficulty: Advanced Tablet: Wacom Graphire4 4×5 USB (Blue)
Preview of Final Result
Step:1 Okay, here we start painting process. The very first step of this tutorial is to draw the base sketches for the main idea in your head, in your mind. I want you to know something about the beginning of this tutorial. This image is the portrait of a Apache Warrior character. Here this is the short story of this portrait work : he is not a real Apache Warrior. He is a white man and he is a spy of the white man soldiers. He disguise himself in Apache Warrior. He is thinking about. Apaches will understand who he is.
Step 2: Now the concept is important – finding the right canvas size, colors, and composition. After we decide about the sketch pose of the painting, firstly, I open a new .psd file in Photoshop. It will be vertical, and the resolution will be 150-300 ppi. I sketch at a lower resolution – around 600×890 pixels long, at 72 dpi. I generally start with a lower resolution and ramp it up later when I’m detailing the illustration, enabling me to work faster and smoother. I start out with a blank, white document.
Step 3: Create a new layer on the background. You find the button “Create a new layer” in the bottom part of the palette Layers. And, if you don’t see this palette, just press F7 on your keyboard or go to Window > Layers and it will appear.
Step 4: Adobe Photoshop is a wonderful program with great advances in its brush engine. For this tutorial I use primarily one brush and below are the steps used to create it.
I click on the Brush Tool (B) and choose a very thin, hard brush. As a rule, soft brushes are the blurry ones and hard brushes are more solid.
Step 5: And, now it is time is here you to choose the main colors for you scene. And here are my colors for this illustration. Open another file and save your colours. And always keep open that new file when you are painting. As you see, I am as like many artists, keep my colour palette in a separate window.
Step 6: After finishing the the sketch, I set the sketch layer to “multiply. To open the Layers Palette if it isn’t already on your screen, press the F7 key at the top of your keybord. Or you can open from Window/Layers.