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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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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
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  Hobbyist General Artist
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]
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