How to Paint a Face with Photoshop

Artist: pericusmaximus / January 30, 2017

Step 1.

First step is to use a dominant value that helps to start comparing the tone, use a neutral color similar to the average color of the face

Step 2.

Start with a basic sketch drawing, focus on construction lines and dominant value. At this step do not care much about accuracy, the target is to have some lines and tone to develop the next steps where you will really need to focus on accuracy

Step 3.

At the beginning use non-saturated colors and draw soft edges. Check constantly the tone and relations of tone between each area, squint to check the tone.

Step 4.

Advance adding the correct tone for each area, this is an iterative process (correcting proportions, adding tone, blending edges, correcting proportions again)..

Step 5.

I block in the value of the eyes to serve as a starting point to compare the tone with other adjacent areas. Do not make it too dark, leave the darkest tones to the end

Step 6.

Here I start working on other areas, sketching the neck and white dress

Step 7.

I use smaller Photoshop brushes and control the opacity with the pen pressure. Start focusing on some details and correcting proportions

Step 8.

I correct tone and blend edges

Step 9.

I used complementary colors into the background to add interest, then blended the edges

Step 10.

Here I continue blending and softening edges, squinting to see the global picture and checking the details of tone and value. Hope you liked this! Come join and spread the word!

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Artist: pericusmaximus
Date Added: January 30, 2017
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Description: This is a step by step drawing using Photoshop. I have followed the same process I use when painting with traditional media (like oil painting) so this is an important tutorial and valid for all techniques!!