This is my first documented tutorial ever. I think.
I figured tutorials for faces, human figures and so on are all very common and for now I just felt like doing something different but still interesting.
I completed the image editing in GIMP, using a Cintiq tablet with pressure sensitivity. You don’t need these exact tools — instead of GIMP you could use Photoshop, instead of a Cintiq you could use an Intuos and so on. Pressure sensitivity with your tablet would be great for this tutorial.
This tutorial emphasizes:
– free forms
Start with a midtone with the regular brush tool (hotkey P in GIMP, hotkey B in Photoshop I think). Create the silhouette of your form using full pressure. Use a medium sized brush to allow a range of sizes — make sure pressure sensitivity effects size and opacity of your brush.
Using your mid-tone, (in GIMP, hold control and color pick your mid-tone, in Photoshop I think it’s alt), use full to medium pressure to crawl in some shapes. Make it “manifest” from the dark like so:
With your mid-tone, scribble in some folding forms like so. Scribble over your previous scribbles, and then taper off. Use full range of brush pressure. Brights “out,” darks “in,” like your wispy forms want someplace to hide.
I personally don’t go too crazy with the smudge tool these days (hotkey S in gimp), but in this painting tutorial, smudge/blend in mid-tones towards the dark. Leave the brighter tones sharper against the dark. We want these forms to look like they’re peeping out.
Take that highlight tone we used before and use it to highlight and define. Note: We don’t have to be so close to white when picking a highlight tone because what matters is the tone/value is *relatively* bright in comparison to whatever you’ve already used.
Compare the last image to this image right below in the color picking window. I picked a new highlight tone. It is not white, because it doesn’t need to be in order to still bring out our shapes. Use a smaller brush to sharpen the edges of your shapes. Tip: hotkey for changing brush size is “[, ]” (left and right brackets).
If you’d like to spice things up a bit, (I’m referencing a jade color scheme), you can pick a neon green and use it to compliment your mid-tones. Color pick between the two and blend them with the brush.
Lastly, we shall incase this place in a shiny container. Create a new layer. Make sure this new layer is on top, and that you’re now using this layer. With your lightest highlight tone, use medium to light pressure on the sides of your form like so:
Smudge. Then with full to medium pressure with your highlight tone, put in some rough dots to portray a glaze.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful or at least made you happy. Thanks for reading my blog post!