Location: Wolverhampton, UK
Tools Used: Photosho, Wacom
This tutorial is a in depth step by step process of the digital painting; Khaleesi – Mother of Dragons by Joel Kelly
Sketch – Outline
- Firstly I started by doing a quick sketch, getting the overall shape and usually cleaning the lines as I go.
- Once I’m happy with the outline I move on to creating a refined sketch, marking the different area of shading and shapes.
- Next is the first outline draft, this is used to mainly get face shapes down.
- Now I’m happy with the overall feel I move on to the final outline. I generally zoom in a lot to get the fluid lines, aiming to do each line in one single stroke rather than a sketching motion. For this piece I kept the detail of the outline rather minimal so any inner details would be done during the colouring process.
- Finally I just added a thicker outer line around the whole image to give it some weight and boldness.
Colour – Face
- Now that we’re happy with the outline it’s time to move on to adding the colour. I start by just adding a base colour to the face, following the general structure of the guidelines in the initial sketches.
- Once there is some shape I added some tones using purples and pinks, for this step I was testing out a different variation of colours in this piece.
- I then moved on to adding some blending and darker tone, this allows me to shape to the face as I go.
- Next I continued adding shape to the face until I was happy with the overall flow.
- I maintained the same process for the mouth and eyes, working the shape and tone.
- Now that all the key facial featured had been implemented and was am happy with the overall look, I decided to blend everything together and used a smooth brush to iron out the kinks and help the skin tones blend more realistically.
Colour – Hair
- Moving on to the hair I just jumped straight in. Painting hair isn’t my favourite thing to do but it had to be done. I decided to add in the tone in shapes to get the overall look and feel.
- Next I started to render some of the more detailed areas.
- And finally I added the final touches which included texture and a few highlights.
Colour – Body
- Once I was finished with the head I moved on to the body. I started off with royal tone work, identifying the shape of her body in the process.
- Next I started to add realistic skin tone and shading, while adding detail and texture as I went along.
- Finally I blended the layer by using a ‘Smooth Brush’ tool to make it look more refined and stylised.
Colour – Clothes
- The next thing to do was the clothing. I used a textured brush to colour the base tone in.
- Next I added some shadows below the hair and began shading on the necklace.
- Finally I rendered the necklace by adding tone for the metal and highlights.
- Once all the sections of the painting were completed I added some finalising highlights to the whole image.
- I finished the piece off by adding a ‘Grain’ filter over the image to add final texture; I then blended and finished the image with a simple colour background to her pop from the page.