When I started, I was aiming to create something else, then I thought I’ll end up with a digital painting but I ended up with this… I don’t even know what should I call it, so I just named it digital artwork.
If you haven’t created any digital art piece ever before, you wouldn’t find a better tutorial. I made this tutorial especially keeping the newbies in mind and while following it, you’ll realize it’s not something difficult at all. This tutorial completely bases on the tricks, not hard work.
I have another excellent tutorial coming up on next Monday, so make sure you don’t miss anything.
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Setting the Background
First step, open a blank file and fill the background with wolid slack color. (did you notice I typed “wolid slack” instead of solid black…. I wanted to check whether you were paying attention)
Now I needed a rough old paper kind of a look on the picture so I added this texture. But I added it with on 20% opacity. This way, the background becomes very dark, exactly the way we want it.
Nice background, right. Now I added a wireframe.
It’s now time for Assorted Brush Strokes. I painted a few strokes here and there and then scaled them to the desired height and width.
My graphics can work without a hero, but they can’t work without a heroine! Here she is and I extracted her image from the background using Lasso Tool.
Now let’s add a bite into this image. I’ll use Burn Tool and apply on the hair. This will give more depth and adjust the lighting.
Some adjustments. Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast.
The image is now placed at its place.
I’m placing the paint tossing JPG on the scene.
While looking at the picture above, you didn’t think I was making a running nose, did you? Now I have recolored the splatter to a color very similar to the skin of the girl.
Erase off all the unnecessary parts and you should end up with this result:
Using custom shapes for creating an environment is a good technique. I’m starting off with creating a few triangles behind the girl’s face.
We’ll carry on with the shapes, but I just realized that if I color the eyebrow of our girl, she would look more… ‘graphical’. So I gave it a stroke. Now it matches the background triangles.
I have this brush set which creates 2D 3D shapes. And I’m creating these shapes using the same colors which we used for earlier for painting the brush strokes in the background.
Some more shapes here.
And some more… This time I’m using all the different colors.
The Finishing Touch
I always look to make one last effect which works like a sprinkle of black pepper on a dish. Today I made this effect. Made a stroke using simple round brush with maximum softness. Then I selected the upper part using Marquee tool. The background is transparent behind this brush stroke.
I placed the marquee on our girl’s neck, and used the different colors.