How to paint the per­fect beef­cake

Has fun with the pin-up genre, de­pict­ing a mus­cle-bound bar­bar­ian’s un­con­ven­tional fish­ing method. Don’t try this at home!

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his work­shop will take you through the process of paint­ing a lit­tle fan­tasy/sci-fi beef­cake. Clearly this will be no study of metaphysical angst and search for mean­ing in the empty void of noth­ing­ness (un­less you wish to read that into the fi­nal im­age – art is in the eye of the be­holder, af­ter all): the brief is for some­thing fun, tongue-in-cheek, head­ing slightly to­wards car­i­ca­ture, all of which is a nat­u­ral fit for my more painted style and usual ap­proach to illustration.


For this tu­to­rial I will use Pho­to­shop as my soft­ware and paint with a mouse, but the prin­ci­ples will be pretty much the same what­ever pro­gram, ver­sion or in­put de­vice you cur­rently pre­fer. I get puz­zled looks about the whole ‘paint with a mouse’ thing, but it’s a well-trained mouse, it doesn’t eat a lot of cheese, and I’ve been work­ing this way for so long, it’s ac­tu­ally quite nat­u­ral for me.

You’ll need a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of nav­i­gat­ing a paint pro­gram (Pho­to­shop or what­ever you hap­pen to use), us­ing

I toy with a few quick pen­cil con­cept sketches and present mul­ti­ple op­tions. Oc­ca­sion­ally, this means you end up work­ing on an idea or de­sign you don’t like as much as an­other, but the clients here have dis­cern­ing taste and im­pec­ca­ble judge­ment. We go with a bar­bar­ian or Tarzan-like char­ac­ter fish­ing – though it’s also clear that when it comes to fish­ing, I’m pretty clue­less. brushes, pal­ettes and lay­ers, as we will be play­ing with lay­ers in this tu­to­rial, demon­strat­ing how they can be used in con­junc­tion with colour over­lays, for high­light­ing and other ef­fects.

I will be spot­light­ing a few rules along the way, smarter ways to work, and most likely why I didn’t ac­tu­ally fol­low my own ad­vice prop­erly.

Enough pre­am­ble, though… It’s time for me to put down the po­tato snacks, flex my at­ro­phied mus­cles, stick a fish in my mouth and get this beef­cake thing rolling.

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