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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.
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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
Ky2 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
thanks for the nice explanation... I love your work
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?
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 Jan 16, 2013
Hmm. Okay! Thanks, I'm pretty sure I get what you are saying.
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.
AKAScene Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
I'm so sorry.. i still dont get it :( 
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.
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