Soft­en­ing ef­fect on the colours

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - In Depth Paint From Imagination -

Here’s a trick for soft­en­ing the colours with­out af­fect­ing the sharp­ness too greatly. First I copy ev­ery­thing to a new layer. Then, I run the im­age through a Gaus­sian Blur fil­ter. Next I set that new blurry layer to Lighter Color mode and fi­nally ad­just how strong I want the ef­fect to be us­ing Hue/Sat­u­ra­tion. It can add a nice am­bi­ence to the paint­ing!

Es­tab­lish­ing de­tail

Now that I’m start­ing to set­tle on the com­po­si­tion, I can be­gin to go in and work on the de­tails. I start look­ing at close-up pho­tos of eyes and jew­ellery for in­spi­ra­tion of the kinds of things I might in­clude, although I try to avoid di­rectly ref­er­enc­ing any­thing be­cause it most likely won’t fit into the draw­ing I al­ready have. I’m work­ing flatly and not wor­ry­ing about layer man­age­ment with this paint­ing.

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