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Aislin

painting a hand

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Hi everyone, From what I have heard was a more detailed tutorial necessary for those who were trying my portrait painting tutorial. So, here I made a tutorial with loads of pictures, hoping you will be able to do these portraits as well..

Because it takes me about 20 hours to do one portrait, which is a bit toooo long for a tutorial and I don't have that much of time, I just show you a part of it, I made a hand as example. All my portraits are done in the same way as I show you here with just one hand.

If you like it more difficult, or, if you think you are ready for a more difficult tutorial like this,

CLICK HERE

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tools used in this image:

black paint

white paint

black and white

pencil sketch

pencil tool

brush tool

gaussian blur

add noise

transperancy

(clouds for the background)

line tool

selection tools

1-2-3

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Open a picture - duplicate - black and white - pencil sketch OR ink sketch (whatever you prefer) - remove background - add new layer under the sketch - make it black or grey or so - Add a new layer between the black/grey background and the sketch - Paint the hand in middle tones (tones between the highlights and lowlights) - delete OR make the original invisible - add a new layer - use the line tool to create small lines around the hand

The sketch and the lines are only a GUIDE, to see if you are on track

Layers:

Sketch

Lines

Basic hand

Black background

Original

4-5-6

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Add a new layer called shadows on top of the basic middle tones hand - add a new layer on top of shadows - paint a black line where shadow is needed - Gaussian blur - remove black shadow from places it doesn't need to be ( as seen with the highlights at step 15/16 - merge layer down to shadows

Every time you want to add a shadow or a highlight, do it on a new layer and merge it down when you are satisfied about that highlight or shadow!

Layers:

Sketch

Lines

Shadows

Basic hand

Black background

Original

7-8-9

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Add a new layer called Highlights - add a new layer on top of highlights - paint some white where the highlights should be - gaussian blur - remove where needed as seen in steps 15/16 - merge layer down to highlights - add a new layer on top of Shadows and paint some more black for shadows

If the shadows are too dark OR the highlights are too light, use the transparency!

Layers:

Sketch

Lines

Highlights

New layer

Shadows

Basic hand

Black background

Original

10-11-12

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Gaussian Blur - add new layer - paint more black for shadow - Gaussian blur again - merge layers down to the shadow layer - use transparency if needed

Layers:

Sketch

Lines

Highlights

New layer

Shadows

Basic hand

Black background

Original

13-14-15

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add a new layer - paint white for highlights - Gaussian blur - transparency if needed - erase highlight where needed (look closely at the pictures 15 and 16)

Layers:

Sketch

Lines

New Layer

Highlights

New layer

Shadows

Basic hand

Black background

Original

16-17-18

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Gaussian blur at low level between 1 and 10 or so - make the Lines layer invisible - add a new layer called black lines - use the line tool to create black lines at the dark sides of the hand as seen in image 17 - some lines are selected and used transparency on as seen on image 18

Layers:

Sketch

Lines

black lines

Highlights

Shadows

Basic hand

Black background

Original

19-20-21

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Add a new layer called white lines - create some white lines with the line tool on the highlighted edges- create some more shadow and highlights as in step 11 to 17

Layers:

Sketch

Lines

white lines

black lines

Highlights

Shadows

Basic hand

Black background

Original

22-23-24

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Add a new layer called Nails - paint the nails in a lightgrey and white-ish color as seen on the pic when enlarged - Add a new layer on top of it and paint a little black on the bottom of each nail for some shadow - blur and transparency - Merge layer down to Nails - add a new layer and paint a little white, also blur, transparency and merge down - add a new layer on top of black lines - create some black lines with the line tool at the shadowy places of the nails - use transparency - merge layer down

Layers:

Sketch

Lines

white lines

black lines

Highlights

Shadows

Nails

Basic hand

Black background

Original

25-finished

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Paint with a very thin tip some black lines for the wrinkles - high transparency level - flatten -

Done

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Aislin - what a lot of work! It looks super...even if people just get an idea of how to do the shadows & highlights. You've done a great job. A big pat on the back for you.

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Hi @Llcoup - Yes, Ailsin is not on this forum much now, due to the fact she got an Apple, which is not compatible with PDN and I guess she's removed the tutorial from Flicker.

 

However, her other tutorial which is pretty close to the hand one ..... just a bit more difficult,  ...... is still up and running see here.  It will give you the general idea of the shading and the technique.  Good Luck :)

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Unfortunately the pics aren't available or showing and so can't do this tut :(

Indeed...sad. I'll lock until Aislin comes back and reuploads the images.

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