My boyfriend as a stoat, which happens to be a pun on his name. 

My boyfriend as a stoat, which happens to be a pun on his name. 

Final version of the painting in the how-to I posted earlier.

Final version of the painting in the how-to I posted earlier.

"Contemplating Prophecy"Fan art of Kai Opaka from Star Trek: Deep Space 9.  Ref: http://startreksansfrontiere.org/pages/echo/personnages/autres/bajoran/opaka.html
At some point, I will learn to paint drapery correctly. Today is not that day. 

"Contemplating Prophecy"

Fan art of Kai Opaka from Star Trek: Deep Space 9.  Ref: http://startreksansfrontiere.org/pages/echo/personnages/autres/bajoran/opaka.html

At some point, I will learn to paint drapery correctly. Today is not that day. 

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How I paint:

Most of this is worked in a single layer (after the initial few steps), with a hard round brush that links opacity and diameter to pen pressure, and shape dynamics to pen angle (basically a virtual round sable brush). Generally I start with an A4 sized canvas at 300 dpi. I use Adobe Photoshop CS5 and a Wacom Intuos4 tablet. The critter I’ve depicted is copyrighted to me. 

I start with a sketch using a small hard round brush, then add linework over the top in a second layer. I delete the sketch and, after selecting a palette of skin tones to work with and placing them on their own layer, add a flat base color with a big opaque brush under the linework. Once that’s in place, I merge the color and line layers and start shading with a 100-200px hard round brush at 100% opacity (remember—pen pressure modifies this). I usually add a background color at some point, mostly to set the tone and give my light and dark values something to compare against besides blank white.

As I progress, I generally go down in size to a 50px hard round brush at 50% opacity, then at 20% opacity to blend (blending=selecting nearby colors with the eyedropper tool, then using a low-opacity brush to gradually blend the colors together). A 25px brush is good for details. I’ll go down to a 10px if I’m doing individual hairs or something on a portrait, but the smallest I used for this example was a 25px brush.

I continue blending and shading, making sure to use a variety of colors—here I used seafoamy greens and slate blues in addition to the lavender-grey and grey-violet base tones.

For the background, I used a 300px brush with dynamics that mimic palette-knife work or dry-brush work on rough gesso. This adds some nice contrast and texture. It’s amazing how much more legit a digital painting looks with just a touch of texture. 

After I’ve done most of my blending and shading, I add a “soft light” layer over my working layer, and add highlights where appropriate. I’ll also add a “darken” layer and refine the shadows.

Once that’s done, I futz around with the background until it makes the piece pop, tie the piece into the background with a base shadow, delete the palette layer, crop everything down to size, and add in my artist’s mark. 


If you’ve got any questions, feel free to ask. 

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Critter sugar skulls (Boa constrictor and domestic cat). 

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"Not Going According To Plan" Fanart of Loki from the Avengers movie. Reference photo: http://www.worldofsuperheroes.com/film-tv/tom-hiddleston-loki-talks-briefly-about-thor-the-dark-world/

"Not Going According To Plan"

Fanart of Loki from the Avengers movie. Reference photo: http://www.worldofsuperheroes.com/film-tv/tom-hiddleston-loki-talks-briefly-about-thor-the-dark-world/

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"Portrait of the Artist as a Young Transman." Self-portrait speedpaint. 

"Portrait of the Artist as a Young Transman." Self-portrait speedpaint. 

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"I Don’t Brood." Fanart of Fenris from Dragon Age 2

"I Don’t Brood."
Fanart of Fenris from Dragon Age 2

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This is for Citrakayah, of his “plant-etoid” space-plant concept from http://citrakayah.dreamwidth.org/32046.html . I decided to make it a faux botanical lithograph for funsies. The design is loosely based on bladderworts, if bladderworts were big enough to trap defunct satellites. 

This is for Citrakayah, of his “plant-etoid” space-plant concept from http://citrakayah.dreamwidth.org/32046.html . I decided to make it a faux botanical lithograph for funsies. The design is loosely based on bladderworts, if bladderworts were big enough to trap defunct satellites. 

Sketch  for Cavern-Risen. Character copyright belongs to her. I will be putting more hours into this soon—I just liked how the sketch turned out.

Sketch  for Cavern-Risen. Character copyright belongs to her. I will be putting more hours into this soon—I just liked how the sketch turned out.