Glis­ten­ing im­per­fec­tions

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Even Mr Beef has skin im­per­fec­tions, so I use a mot­tled brush to add some sub­tle ran­domised noise over the flat­ter ar­eas and lower face, then a hard-edged brush to add small creases and spots, par­tic­u­larly around the neck. For a glis­ten­ing look, I paint smaller lo­calised spec­u­lar ar­eas – but, as the pri­mary light source is be­hind, just a few and as lit­tle pat­terns rather than flat whites.

Riv­et­ing wa­ter rivulets

Now that I’ve added the glis­ten­ing high­lights, the next step in cre­at­ing that wet (rather than just oiled-up) look is adding rivulets of wa­ter. On a new layer I draw some black stream lines down the body with a flat brush. Then I set the layer to Soft Light mode and 15 per cent Opac­ity. I add a few spec­u­lar dots at the end of some trails on a new layer to sim­u­late droplets, and voilà, Mr Beef­cake is start­ing to look like he needs a towel!

Layer se­lec­tion

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