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A step by step guide to my painting technique for a self portrait.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1115 projects »
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  • How to make a computer art. Digital Portrait - Step 1
    Step 1

    Either work from a mirror or a photograph for this project and use a good painting program such as Photoshop. It's best to use a graphics tablet, but can use a mouse. Start by blocking in the main shapes using 3 or 4 colours.

  • How to make a computer art. Digital Portrait - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using a mid-shade skin tone colour, outline the features on the face.

  • How to make a computer art. Digital Portrait - Step 3
    Step 3

    Working with one shade darker, add more detail to the painting. Using one shade lighter, smooth in the skin tone by using a low opacity brush and the smudge tool. Add a little bit of detail to the hair.

  • How to make a computer art. Digital Portrait - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add all the main highlights and shadows to the skin tones, making sure to smooth in the colours as you go. Use a thin brush and darker tone to add the details, such as the mouth and pupils of the eyes.

  • How to make a computer art. Digital Portrait - Step 5
    Step 5

    It's time to get colourful. Use a low opacity brush to add colour to the eyes, lips and cheeks.

  • How to make a computer art. Digital Portrait - Step 6
    Step 6

    Use a thin brush and scribble detail in to the hair. Use the burn and dodge tools to add further, more subtle, highlights and shadows to all areas of the portrait. Continually refine all areas of the portrait by smudging or re-painting where necessary.

  • How to make a computer art. Digital Portrait - Step 7
    Step 7

    In the same way, take a thin brush and a light hair colour and scribble in detail where the hair highlights. Add further shadows and saturation to the lips.

  • How to make a computer art. Digital Portrait - Step 8
    Step 8

    Use the push and dodge tools to add further, more subtle, shadows and highlights to the hair. Using a low opacity soft brush, add small amounts of colour around the eyelids.

  • How to make a computer art. Digital Portrait - Step 9
    Step 9

    Finish up all the areas of the portrait and then add a nice background.

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Nia Romadhoni
Nia Romadhoni · 15 projects
cooooolllllll,, want to try and make it to personal tee shirt
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1398 projects
Oh wow that would rock. Please show me when you're done!
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zombiegurl
zombiegurl · Bristol, England, GB · 7 projects
i did this but now i look at yours i realize quite how rubbish mine is!!
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Hannah B.
Hannah B. · 3 projects
is it a lot of work?
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Vanessa the Strange
Vanessa the Strange · Japan, JP · 6 projects
Wow!! You make it look so easy, you're truely talented Happy
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Grace D
Grace D · London, GB · 83 projects
is tht really u...cause if it is ur sooo pretty!!! ur lips...
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1398 projects
Yeah, it is me. Happy
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kierstyn

wow that looks hard
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