Ques­tion How do you paint tribal scar mark­ings? Huang Pe, Tai­wan

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Sam replies

My first thought is that I don’t know! It’s com­mon to be asked by a client to paint some­thing you don’t know much about, so the abil­ity to teach yourself about a sub­ject is valu­able. Tribal scar­i­fi­ca­tion isn’t some­thing I see ev­ery­day, so a quick search on the in­ter­net re­veals all I need to know about the prac­tice. The main things I ob­serve are the de­signs of the pat­terns and how the scars look in dif­fer­ent light­ing sit­u­a­tions.

I no­tice they’re mostly con­vex. I cre­ate a layer con­tain­ing im­per­fect cir­cles in a pat­tern, and then used Lock Trans­parency to work in­side those shapes with­out af­fect­ing them.

I use a Soft brush to high­light where the light catches the bumps of the scars, and then the same on the other side of the cir­cles for the shadow. I then soften some of the edges where nec­es­sary, es­pe­cially on the shadow edge.

Al­ways re­mem­ber that you only need to know enough to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of what you’ve been asked to paint.

I use sharp cast shad­ows to push her chin and nose out from the plane of the face. The over­lap cre­ates even more depth.

Hav­ing a good knowl­edge of light and form en­ables you to eas­ily give the il­lu­sion of scars or any other in­ter­est­ing grooves.

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