?In this tutorial for Photoshop, you will learn how to create a beautiful, fabulous drawing, full of subtle details in the bright colors of the 80s. The KittoZutto design duo will show you how to create an airbrush portrait that will take us to the best days of Athena posters.
You will learn how to improve your brush drawing skills by working with a variety of shapes to create different effects, as well as how to get the most out of adding color, masking, and layer blending modes.
You will also learn the advantages of working with multiple layers in a tablet drawing – this will allow you to work separately on elements and quickly adjust parts and colors.
You will need to create a sketch for this portrait. This can be a rough linear pattern so that you can understand the overall composition of the elements, such as the position of the eyes and nose, the shape and movement of the hair.
When the rough draft is ready, we will begin the shading. With the tool Pen (Feather) Create contours around the face and use this shape as a mask for your shadows. Using a soft brush, start painting the dark areas on the face. Do the same with the rest of the drawing.
Go to work on the hair. The lighter the hair, the smaller your brush should be. Create an outline around the glasses with the tool. Pen (Feather) – make sure that the contour includes both the rim and the glass. Using these outlines as masks, shade the area with a black soft brush. In the same way, but with a white brush, draw white reflections.
Now that we have a finished sketch, we can begin working with color. If the sketch is ready – it means that half of the work has already been done. Start by creating a new document with a gradient in the background. The gradient should be from green to brown, as shown in the image below. Next, import the previously shaded areas into this document.
Begin converting shadows to color using the hue and saturation settings as shown below. Change the blend mode of the darkest shadows to Multiply (Multiplication) so that they blend well with skin tone. Add shades to the face by painting with different colors on its edges. They will be masked inside the face shape.
Now add color to the nose. With dark shadow blend mode Multiply (Multiplication), apply Gaussian Blur (Gaussian Blur) 2 pixel radius to soften the nostrils. Using a soft brush, add a glow to the tip of the nose, as well as to its bottom, as shown in the image below.
Let us turn to the eyes: first, fill your eyes with a light gray color – this will be the base. For shadows, set the blending mode. Multiply (Multiplication), for highlights – Overlay (Overlap). Draw the pupil and all the other details, do not forget the glare. Add some more light details, such as, for example, shiny shadows with a white brush.
Add a bit of makeup with a brush of pink, gray and green at the edges of the eyes and change the blending mode to Overlay (Overlap). Duplicate the whole group, and then reflect it so that it fits in the right eye. Pay attention to details, such as the direction of light highlights, in order to avoid excessive symmetry.
Using a soft brush, fill the lips with a base light pink color. Gradually add details like a lip gloss effect by painting with a white brush and gently erasing the lines with a tool. Eraser (Eraser). Change the blending mode of this layer to Overlay (Overlap). Add color highlights to your lips, experimenting with brushes of different colors, as well as changing the layer blending modes to Multiply (Multiplication), Soft Light (Soft light) or Overlay (Overlap).
Add a few small details to the face, such as skin texture with a white brush. Turn on effects Airbrush (Airbrush), opacity and pressure decrease to 70%. On the brushes panel, select Scattering (Scattering) and change the parameter Scatter (Scattering) by 393%. Change the blending mode of these layers to Soft Light (Soft light) with Opacity (opacity) 60%.
Sketch the main hair color, then create a shadow using the layer with the blend mode Overlay (Overlap), and light areas using a layer with overlay mode Soft Light (Soft light). Add some color highlights to the hair with an orange brush on the outside and a dark green on the inside. Change the blending mode of these layers to Soft Light (Soft light).
Draw earrings with the tool Pen (P) (Feather). Create an emphasis on them by applying an effect. Inner Shadow (Inner shadow). Color change to white, blending mode to Color Dodge (Lightening basics), opacity 100%, Distance (Offset) 5 pixels, Size (Size) – 20 pixels. Disguise excess areas with a soft brush.
Next, work on the glasses, adding a primary color to begin with. Blend shadows and highlights using blending modes. Overlay (Overlap) or Soft Light (Soft light). Create a shadow from the points on the face, applying the Drop Shadow effect (right click on the layer, and select Blending Options > Drop Shadow (Overlay options …> Shadow)). Change the blending mode to Overlay (Overlap), opacity – 100%, Distance (Offset) – 2 pixels, Size (Size) -11 pixels, and mask those shadows that we do not need.
Now add glasses to the glasses. Use the gradient to the color of the glass. Change the blending mode to Pin Light (Spot light), opacity 85%. Slightly darken the area of the glasses. Then, create rectangular reflections and lightly blur them with a filter. Gaussian Blur (Gaussian blur). Distort them slightly with a tool. Warp (Distortion) (Translator’s Note:Edit> Transform> Warp (Edit> Transform> Distort)). Experiment with blending modes to make the reflections look good.
Add a little bit of color glare by putting purple on the rim and glass. Adjust the colors of the portrait as a whole when applying the following corrections: Saturation(Correction layer Hue /Saturation (Hue / Saturation) (Saturation) -20, Levels (Levels) 33, 1.00, 212. Add from above Cooling filter (80) (Photo Filter Cold Filter (80). Create a gradient with layer blending mode Soft Light (Soft light) and opacity 50%.
Finally, take a break and take a look at the work again later. You will see shortcomings that have not been noticed before, as well as ways to improve your work, such as adding other elements — stripes — to style the portrait.