Colour your work with blend modes
Create in monochrome
01 Some artists find it easier to draw a character first in black and white before injecting the colour into it. Use reference photos to build up the light and shade in your subject and use custom brushes to get a real paint effect.
Bring in more colour
03 Using the Color blend mode will help you to colour your picture even more, and if you intersperse Normal layers in between with brushstrokes here and there, you can start to build up a textured portrait.
02 Create a new layer and set to Overlay. Use different colours on this layer to give your picture some saturation across the monochrome base you’ve built. Use a strict colour palette to keep your image cohesive.
Build up the image
04 Keep layering more and more brushes to create a bigger, brighter image with a range of different textures and strokes all merged into the portrait. Use adjustments such as Curves to get all the colours to harmonise.
Artist: Mark White