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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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ahsae Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
soo helping ..thank u very very much sir
yuuto-saeki Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
simplemente maravilloso
Thanks for create this tutorial!
I love your art!!!! When I grow up I want to be able to do things like this *u*
JuliaBullet Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for the steps!
Thank you very much!!
RaenBoow Mar 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconpanicatthediscoplz: Coooool! O-o
GMEiden 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 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
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