By Ray Smith
The DK paintings tuition sequence offers all of the primary thoughts either grownup and juvenile artists desire. on the middle of every publication are twelve initiatives that discover the equipment of the good masters. every one in particular commissioned portray is damaged down in step by step colour photographs that exhibit each level of its production. Lists of fabrics, topics, and methods entire each one quantity. three hundred colour images.
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Open a new file, and make it nice and big. The bigger you make it, the more detail you can put into it later. 2500 pixels either side is really the minimum, especially if you want to print it in high resolution afterwards. Fill your canvas with a neutral colour and add a new layer for the sketch. Pick your default round hard Paintbrush, with Opacity and Size Jitter set to Pen Pressure, and you’re ready to start sketching. Use references if you’re not that good yet at freehand sketching – in fact I urge you to use references, especially if you are just starting out with painting people, as that way you’ll see lots of different features, and learn about angles and proportions by looking at faces, as well as how lighting and shadows affect things.
Laying down the hair instantly gives your portrait a new dimension. Pick a speckled brush with Spacing set to 2-5%, Opacity Jitter to Pen Pressure, and Size Jitter switched off. It’s important to remember that when painting hair, you will not really paint every single hair. Think of it as strands and those strands make up the hairstyle. As you already have the base of the hair, choose a lighter shade for some highlights, and paint in some strands. In this case I want her to have unruly hair, so the strands won’t be smooth at all, and almost look like dreadlocks.
It’s still quite bare, which can be nice, but also a bit boring. If you’re painting fictional characters, like I am in this case, it’s good if you know their story – be it just in your own head. This helps you determine what you can add into a portrait, something to outwardly show their personality, something to tell their story to the viewer. I want her to have a tattoo of a water serpent, coiling over and around her shoulder: a statement, not a fashion accessory. To start with that, add a new layer and sketch the serpent, bearing in mind the curve of her shoulder and arm.
An Introduction to Acrylics (DK Art School) by Ray Smith