We draw a surreal landscape in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how Hatice Bayramoglu created her fantastic drawing – a surreal landscape. You will learn the technique that she uses when drawing in Photoshop.

Final result:


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Step 1. Outline tree
I have a lot of different sketches. To create this work, I decided to use a sketch of a tree, which is part of another sketch. You can draw a sketch yourself in Photoshop or on paper, and then scan it, or use mine.

Step 2. Creating a new document
Create a new document (Ctrl+N) or File > New (File – Create) with the following parameters:
Width: 640 pixels
Height: 948 pixels
Resolution: 72 ppi

Step 3. Create layers and give them names.
Name your sketch layer “sketch” (sketch) or whatever you want. Create another layer for the animal that you want to add to the work, and name this layer “squirrel_sketch” (squirrel sketch) or another animal that you will draw. Go to the “squirrel_sketch” layer and draw a sketch of a squirrel.

Step 4. Choosing a color palette
For this picture I chose a palette of natural shades. You can add this color palette to WindowSwatches (Window – Samples) or create your own.

Step 5. Adjust the brush
Choose a tool BrushTool (Brush) and right-click on the canvas.

The brush parameters window will appear, set the following values ​​in the settings:
Size: 19 pixels
Stiffness: 100%

We need to further adjust other parameters of the brush, to do this, open the Brushes palette (Ffive or Window > Brushes (Window – Brush)).

The Brushes palette window opens with additional options on the left.

Check the box for Other Dynamics / Transfer.

Ensure that Pen Pressure is selected in both lines for the Control.

Set the values ​​for Opacity Jitter (Vibration of Opacity) to 6% and Flow Jitter (Vibration of Dye) to 5%.

Test how the brush you are painting draws and how well you control the pressure.

Step 6. Create a background
Create a layer below the layers with thumbnails, name it “background”. Choose a tool GradientTool (Gradient) and fill this layer with it as shown below.

Step 7. Add the sky
Create two more layers and name them “sky_colour” (sky color) and “tree_colour” (tree color). As you can see in the screenshot, I deleted the squirrel sketching layer. I saved this sketch in a separate psd file, we will work with it later. Go to the “tree_colour” layer and paint the base for the tree using brown. Then go to the “sky_colour” layer and draw a general sky.

Add additional shadows to the sky on the “sky_colour” layer. Create a new layer “sun” (sun) and draw the sun behind the tree.

Step 8. Resizing an image
For a more detailed picture we need to increase the size of the image. Do this by selecting in the menu Image > ImageSize (Image – Image Size) and set the following values:
Width: 1500 pixels
Height: 2222 pixels
Resolution: 300 ppi

Step 9. Detailing the tree
Lower the Opacity of the “sketch” layer to 42% so that it does not interfere with the drawing. Go to the “tree_colour” layer and start adding details to the tree using additional colors.

Temporarily hide the visibility of the “sky_colour” layer so you can better see the tree. Continue adding details to tree branches.

Step 10. Add lighting to the tree
Continue to work on the “tree_colour” layer, add light tones to the edges of the tree. Consider the location of the sun and add lighting to the tree accordingly.

Step 11. Add Grass
Create a new layer and name it “grass”. Take the tool BrushTool (Brush) and choose a greenish brown color.

Right-click on the canvas to open the brush options window, select a standard grass-shaped brush (# 112).

Draw some grass in front of the tree.

Step 12. We continue to detail the tree
Hide the visibility of the “sky_colour” layer so that it does not disturb you. Take the tool DodgeTool (Clarifier) and add more light to the tree. Add other details, such as a grainy wood texture and uneven highlights of the light on the bark.

Your drawing should now look like this.

If you want, you can remove some branches of the tree so that it looks more natural. I also increased the contrast of the tree, for this I added darker shades on one side and lighter on the other.

Step 13. Add grass around the tree
Create another layer for grass called “grass_back” (grass at the back), place it below the layer “tree_colour”. Use the tool BrushTool (Brush), draw some grass behind the tree. Use shades of green and yellow for this. Colors should be different from those used previously.

Create a layer called “grass_front” (grass in front) above the layer “tree_colour”, but below the first layer for the grass “grass” that you created in step 11. Use BrushTool (Brush) for drawing extra grass in front of the tree. Choose different shades of green and yellow, different from those used previously.

Step 14. Draw flowers
Create another layer, name it “flowers” ​​and draw a flower in the middle of the grass.

Warp a flower with Edit > Transform > Warp (Editing – Transforming – Warp) as shown below.

Duplicate the flower several times, transform copies and place the flowers in the middle of the grass.

Select all layers with colors (shift + click on each) on the layers palette and merge them (Layer > MergeLayers – Layer – Merge Layers (Ctrl+E)).

The result is a single layer with all the colors.

Step 15. Draw the clouds
Create a new layer with the name “clouds” above the sky_colour layer. Draw some clouds in the sky.

Create another layer called “clouds1” (clouds1) and add more clouds to give them more depth.

Step 16. Add leaves
Go to the “tree_colour” layer and draw some leaves on the tree branches.

Your drawing should now look like this.

Step 17. We draw a character – an animal
If you previously deleted the squirrel_sketch sketching layer and saved it in a separate document, now reopen it and add this layer to the layers palette.

Create a new layer with the name “squirrel_colour” (squirrel color) and start drawing an animal on it. You need to use different shades for this and as soon as you are ready to hide the visibility of the draft layer.

Step 18. Add foreground
To give the impression that the squirrel is sitting in the middle of the grass, I again changed the size of the work canvas. I increased the size of the canvas in height to add extra space at the bottom of the picture. After that create a new layer and name it “black” (dark). Color the space below in the foreground with a dark brown color.

Use the tool BrushTool (Brush) to draw grass on this layer, or duplicate an existing grass layer and place its copy on top of the squirrel_colour squirrel layer.

Step 19. Detailing the squirrel
Add additional details to the squirrel and draw light areas on it. Use the tool SmudgeTool (Finger) for pulling the tips of wool. Take the tool Burn tool (Dimmer) and add shadows to the squirrel.

My animal turned out more like a rabbit than a squirrel, so I renamed all the layers with the word “squirrel” (squirrel) to “rabbit” (rabbit). Move the rabbit to the left, in this place it looks better. I also slightly shifted the sky_colour layer.

Your drawing should now look like this.

Step 20. Creating a copy of the document
Make a copy of your working paper and save it as a separate psd file. Merge all the layers into one and save again.

Step 21. Finishing Touches
Right-click on the layer and select Duplicate Layer.

On a copy of the layer, apply a filter. Filter > Blur > GaussianBlur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur), set the value for the blur radius 9.5.

Loosen the result of applying this filter, select Edit > FadeGaussianBlur (Editing – Loosen: Gaussian Blur). Put in the window that appears Opacity (Opacity) 47%, Mode (Mode) – Screen (Screen / Lightening).

While still on the copy layer, set Opacity (Opacity) 57% for it, Fill 100% for it on the layers palette.

Final result:

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