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Painting a portrait (explanation included.) by Suzanne-Helmigh Painting a portrait (explanation included.) by Suzanne-Helmigh
Here is the Borus portrait explained in steps. (Press download for bigger image.)

:bulletblue:1. Linesketch, try to find the essence of the character in this phase.

:bulletblue:2. Add a layer underneath the lineart and start to bash in some starter colors.

:bulletblue:3. Add a layer on top of the lineart and refine the features, paint away all the line art or erase the lineart.
When that is done, merge the layers of the character (not with the background!)

:bulletblue:4. Mirror the image. This way you can spot mistakes easier.

:bulletblue:5. Fill in the background and possible foreground. I also changed the colors here with color balance while having the character layer selected.

:bulletblue:6. Work on the lighting and keep in mind that there is also bounce light. You can see the blue hues on the face.

:bulletblue:7. Use your personal favorite paint technique to make colors blend, this can be done by a smooth or textured softbrush or with a etching pattern.
In this step I also added something called a Rembrandt triangle. It's the triangle highlight underneath the eye to show a more accurate depth.

:bulletblue:8. I wasn't satisfied with the face angle. It's never to late to alter your painting for a better image, don't be afraid to start all over.
I used a photo of myself to reference the new angle of the face that was more interesting to me.

:bulletblue:9. Refine the new look and work on some contrast.

:bulletblue:10. This guy's skin isn't smooth, but aged, tired and damaged, working on those details really adds up to the realism.
I also enhanced the highlights to create more contrast.


:bulletorange: 11: Extra edited step. The featured didn't line up with one another, making his face asymmetrical. The facial expression wasn't so interesting as intended so they had to be be made more pronounced. Another edit was done to the colours as well applying the old rule of yellow, Red Blue. (fine out what that is here: www.artinstructionblog.com/col…


:bulletblue:Done. Go through every detail and make the areas of less interest less detailed. You can use the blur tool and sharpen tool to enhance those areas. Moving the channels in your image can give it a slight 3D effect.



Borus. (edited.) by Suzanne-Helmigh

Good luck!! Let me know if have any troubles or questions :)

This entire progress can be found on my livestream channel.
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You can send in your work to: helmighs (at) gmail.com
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:iconyunorima:
Yunorima Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow *-* amazing way to draw *-* u awesome 
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:icontrooper707:
trooper707 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Interface Designer
nice job keep it up..
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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:icontrooper707:
trooper707 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Interface Designer
your welcome....
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:iconmakanansari:
MakanAnsari Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks
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:iconchel-r:
Chel-R Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
favorite part: the lil self-portraits :)

nah seriously, thx for the nice step-by-step tutorial. really like it!
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks haha yes those photos of me were necessary just pointing out how I used photo reference :P
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:iconalkven:
Alkven Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for adding your work to :iconart-steps: group!)
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no problem
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:iconfang:
fang Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
question! i've been told by some other painters that it's preferable to at least lay down the background color first because it's easier to make the subject fit the background than vice versa. opinion?
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'd say, colors are always editable and I edit mine all the time :)
You should be stuck to the first colors you pick, especially not to the first background color you select.
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:iconfang:
fang Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks!
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:icondawnsentinel:
DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
What do you do to blend the brush strokes? Use the smudge tool or something else? I always have trouble with it.
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I use various techniques. Sometimes I smudge with a blending toolbrush (for places that would only distract when detailed) other times I use a really roughly textured soft brush and occasionally I like to etch :) I used all 3 techniques in this one.
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:icondawnsentinel:
DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Ah, thank you!
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:icondawnsentinel:
DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Oops, never mind this.
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:iconmac0ne:
Mac0ne Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Very cool tutorial! Thanks a lot! I usually don't make a layer above my lineart that I paint over, that's new to me.
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
its even easier to work with that layer on top when keeping the layer underneath as a mask or selection :P
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:iconmac0ne:
Mac0ne Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Awesome that's a helpful tip! thanks for replying.
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:iconasemharun:
asemharun Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:icondigitaldomain123:
DigitalDomain123 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks like a character you would find in Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. Perhaps Aragorn's lost brother?
Awesome work.
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That would be awesome! :D I think a lot of characters from books and films that I love are hidden in this one, probably Aragorn as well :P
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:iconsky-of-ragnarok:
Sky-of-ragnarok Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awesome tutorial and also a very wonderful piece of art! congrats :heart:
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) Hope this will help other people :)
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:iconmidwinternightdreams:
Loved it! Thanks!
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :)
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:iconmosobot64:
mosobot64 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Man, I'm going to reference the shite outta this article when I finally get around to doing some portraits. :D
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha let me know when you do and if i can help you whenever you get stuck :)
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:iconmosobot64:
mosobot64 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I actually understand the basic techniques, at this point it's more a matter of practice, which I should have more time to do starting next week hopefully. :P
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good luck! :)
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:iconemielboven:
emielboven Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! This helps a lot :D
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting to see how you work :)
Just wondering... but on average... how many layers do you use on your artwork?
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I merge a lot when I'm satisfied with things. I always keep a layer for the background and character separated, so a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 15 when I'm experimenting with color balance, or details etc. I have broken that rule at times though XD simply because I forget to merge.
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay. Thanks for answering :)
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:iconsuzanne-helmigh:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem of course :)
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