Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Pepper Portrait - Process by Artgerm Pepper Portrait - Process by Artgerm
Final image can be viewed here > [link]

These are the steps I take for this style:

1) Start off Simple construction lines for her face and overall composition. 10-15 mins

2) Once the sketch is done, set it to 10% opacity and add a new layer on top of it for the clean lineart. 30 mins

3) Remove the sketch layer, add a new one underneath the lineart and throw in some flat colours, usually 60-70% dark of the local colours.

4) After deciding the light direction, start adding values to her face without focusing too much on the details. Pay great attention to the tonal values.

5) Continue to expand the value range of her face, add in the cast shadows and highlights.

6) Move on to her clothings

7) Define the reflective surface of her helmet with reflection to the affected areas.

8) Finish her bra top and complete most of the details.

9) Set the lineart in multiply mode and tint it with the surrounding local colour.

Flatten the layers and blend some harsh lines with Painter's blender - Just Add Water tool.

Add the secondary light source from the left.

Final cleanup and minor adjustments of her face - I shrinked her eyes a little with Photoshop's liquify tool.

Total time - 4 hours. No reference.
Add a Comment:
jason028 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant
thank you for this tutorial, your work is amazing, you should do more tutorials  like this! free stuff without surveys
crocstears Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Artist
Flatten the layer and blend harsh line with painter blender?
Is that in corel?
AKAScene Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so sorry.. i still dont get it :( 
RodrigoStark Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
iRashman Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for this process! very helpful!
RAOcreations Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This helps a lot!!!
Vaimaca Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Sir, you are legendary! Thanks for the tutorial!
Koogleblitz Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what does "60-70% dark of the local colours " mean?
milovanf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Anatomy tutorial for this?
dnhart13 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Youre the best !!!
SentientMeat Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
thank you for this tutorial, your work is amazing, you should do more tutorials  like this!
JPShepard Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
what are you brush settings?
Aploex Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
how do you get your line art so clean and precise? I assume you did this in photoshop.
did you use multiply as a blending option for any of the layers or use the smudge tool? thanks
Miss-LOVEBUG Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
thanks for showing this! very helpful
ricke76 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A great admirer of your work.
miraiaccess Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
can you explain me more about value? I thought it can only be done by gray colors only, please explaen it to me~ Thank you for the great tutorial XDb
nancekievill Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There was an article in ImagineFX issue 82 with the method. Pages 98 to 103, tutorial by Lois van Baarle.

Hope that helps.
Kerroh Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Hmm. Okay! Thanks, I'm pretty sure I get what you are saying.
Ky2 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
thanks for the nice explanation... I love your work
nancekievill Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just came across this pic and thought I'd read a few comments and saw this. You might be a while waiting for a reply from artgerm as this is an old post.

However... I would bet that after setting the line-art to multiply, you would freeze the transparency of the line-art layer ("lock transparent pixels" in photoshop for instance) and then you can paint over the top of the lines, picking darker/lighter colours, as appropriate, from the surrounding picture using the colour picker to get the right tint.

Hope that helps. :)
Kerroh Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
So glad you added step by step info as well! It really helps. I was looking at the outline and then read and saw just how you did it.
How do you tint it with the surrounding colour?
millenniumman001 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
I love your step-by-step process. I've learned alot just by observing your work, and this tutorial is just what I was looking for. Thank you for making it.
SaturdayXII Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
would hope to know which painter brushes to paint up skin and hair .
An the way you paint up the hilarious hair .
13tearDrops Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting at the end really completed the artwork! :)
elenhpaine Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love you for this!! thanx !!
ahsae Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
soo helping ..thank u very very much sir
yuuto-saeki Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
simplemente maravilloso
hotbento Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Oh thanks a lot ^^
Banaynae Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
He said 'painter,' so I'm assuming he used Corel
Kellisson Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Thanks for create this tutorial!
HardMugenjin Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
MasamiSouji Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
I love your art!!!! When I grow up I want to be able to do things like this *u*
JuliaBullet Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
thank you for the steps!
KikeMeza Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Thank you very much!!
RaenBoow Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconpanicatthediscoplz: Coooool! O-o
GMEiden Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I drew an image of my OC using this tutorial and that Pepper image as a reference. I hope you don't mind, but if you do, I can remove it!

The image: [link]
Kenny-Dreadful Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm guessing Artgerm does all his lineart by freehand (he is a master after all) but for those wanting to get them as smooth in Painter, here's one way how how:
1. Select the pen tool with a 1px brush in a different colour you want the lineart to be, i.e. red.
2. Then create the line using the pen (Painter will create a shape layer).
3. When you're finished, create a layer above the shape layer and select the brush tool changing the colour to black. I prefer the Scratchboard Brush.
4. Then on the tool bar at the top you'll see a brush icon with a semi-circle around it. This is the Align-To-Path tool. Click this! And voila! You can draw over your shape line/layer perfectly! Increase the brush size gradually so you can get it to have various thicknesses and tapering. :D
5. Delete the shape layer!

In Photoshop you can do the same by choosing the brush size you want, then selecting the pen tool, draw your path, then right-click, select stroke path and check the box saying simulate pressure :D
Indigo-A Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
In step 9, I mean.
Indigo-A Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Artgerm, Pleeeeease tell me how you tinted your lineart?
hotbento Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Thank you for this tutorial. I hope I can follow it completely and start to improve my own way of painting. Are you using just Photoshop or another program?
Aniemfreak9601 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see what u did there. ^this is why I like drawing, it's so much simpler. But I wish I was pro at making digital art like you.
Azuria649 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial.
DarkMu Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial
Sunrobot Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
You are skilled!
Add a Comment:


Submitted on
November 9, 2006
Image Size
419 KB


285,197 (30 today)
7,062 (who?)