Portrait of an animal in Photoshop

The digital illustration that we will draw in this lesson was created for the Tiger Translate exhibition in Thailand. In this lesson, the author will show how she creates her work, from the arrangement of elements using photos, to creating layers and working with a brush.

Lead time: 3 hours
Program: Adobe Photoshop

Final image:

Step 1

First, you need to pick up the necessary images. After all the photos are found, combine them into a single image to see if they all fit together. This will help to more accurately get an idea about the composition. Then, using all these elements to create a sketch of a tiger.

Step 2

After the sketch is ready, the drawing process begins. I start drawing with the head of a tiger. At each stage of drawing, the author compared his drawing with a photo of a tiger.

Step 3

Before you start painting, you need to choose the right brush. For example, when working on this illustration, a set of dry brushes (dry media brush) was used, since these brushes give almost the same effect as a real brush-brush. For drawing, the Wacom tablet is best suited – on it you can draw layer by layer as if you were painting in oil or watercolor.

Step 4

Select the desired brush, set the size to 12 pixels and draw a tiger’s face with eyes, nose and mouth. The author began drawing from darker layers, gradually adding lighter areas on top.

Step 5

For greater realism, draw thin fur between the layers using a white and orange shade.

Step 6

After the tiger’s face is drawn, proceed to drawing the hand. For this purpose, use a beige color and draw a gradient of shades using Airbrush tool. Draw a hand, focusing on the contours of the hand and fingers. Airbrush tool Perfect for creating tonal gradients between light and dark areas of light.

Step 7

Draw a sketch of the remaining elements that will be present in the illustration. Made it a tool Pencil (Pencil tool). After the elements are drawn, adjust the stroke color to match each element.

Step 8

Reuse Airbrush tool – set the brush size to 100 pixels and add a gradient of multicolored strokes to add volume. Adjust color shades using adjustment layers Color Balance or Hue / Saturation.

Step 9

After the outline of all elements is drawn, draw a base layer for each of them. Each object must be on a separate layer. And use again Airbrush tool to create tonal gradients.

Step 10

To draw additional elements in the form of notes, use the tool also Airbrush tool. These additional elements were drawn on a separate document and then copied. (Ctrl + C) and inserted (Ctrl + V) in the working paper.

Step 11

Create a new layer. (Shift +Ctrl + N) in overlay mode Darkening Basics (Color Burn) and add more light and shadow areas to the image. Use a brush with a dark red color to add shadows that blend with the color gamut of the entire composition.
If the effect is too strong, reduce it using standard Photoshop tools through the menu. Image – Correction (Image> Adjustments).

Step 12

Draw a new tiger outline in a separate document, transfer it to the working document and change its blending mode to Darker (Darken). Thanks to this, the texture on the jacket will be added.

Step 13

To create highlights, use a white brush and paint them on a new layer. (Shift + Ctrl + N). Then apply a filter to the highlight layer. Gaussian Blur) to make them more realistic.

Step 14

You can add more highlights and shadows to the image, and then apply a filter to them. Gaussian Blur, to make them less noticeable (this was done with layers with planets and a diamond).

Step 15

In the final part of the work, the author added a client logo on the image.

Final image:

Author Lesson: Ratinan Thaijaroen

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