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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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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
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 Digital 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]
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 2, 2012
Artgerm, Pleeeeease tell me how you tinted your lineart?
Indigo-A Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
In step 9, I mean.
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?
Banaynae Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
He said 'painter,' so I'm assuming he used Corel
hotbento Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Oh thanks a lot ^^
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!
orangeyyyy Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
what brush do you use to paint?
nekrospk Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Muito massa, curti pra caramba, parabéns cara
Shadowmike18 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
How do you tint the lineart?
replyniko Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
nice !! props !!
MarkMoore Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
I particularly appreciate it when skilled digital painters like you post tutorials! Thank you.
At-MsUpload Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
l l l l l l looove
donpep Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
thanks! :)
satan-imp Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm curious about which brushes you use in painter? I always tend to get rough hard edged "streaked" effects when I use the program. Or is it just liberal use of the "just add water" tool?
Orange-mik Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello Artgerm. I take the lineart of this picture and I color it for my personnal use (just for practice me). If you have the time, can you please give me a comment of my colorization here: [link]

I'm a young artist of 15 years old and I love your work. You're my model!
BiterChalex Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Thanks this seems very helpful
killerlovo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
do you draw directly in photoshop?
EwelinaMalke Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks it helps me a lot *-*
EliteJohan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:icongawdplz: I had no idea you'd made a tutorial for it!! Why have you hidden this in the "scraps"??! lol, I have been through your gallery many times, but never the scraps :XD:
HuangZhenyangHZ Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Thank you for sharing.
L-word Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Student Filmographer
Cool! Hm, when you tint the lines at the end, do you do it by hand with a brush I wonder?
Nora-Cintra Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
didn't get if very well the last step :/ and it seem to be the most important, shouldn't the lineart be settle in normal instead of multiply? cuz in multiply it will only get darker! O:
tenrizqi Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yow great ^^
Frozen-song Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Very nice ^ ^
HidaKuma Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nciryalis Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very helpful tutorial. As I know you use painter corel, right? Well, I have problem with coloring becasue I dont know wish bruch I need to use, there so many brushes. Can you tell me wish one do you use?
DesertRanger Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
He's using Digital Watercolor - New Simple Water brush, and Blenders - Just Add Water.
Read through his posts here in Comments - the times he answers, he usually adds tips, tricks, tools, etc.
nciryalis Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kkay thanks
Juhani Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Love this process! So going to use it. Thank you for taking the time to put it up!!! :#1:
Seyton-Grey Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
This is great and all.

But I dont want to use lineart. And you do.
myfuturescominon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You are incredible! How in the world do you get your lineart so nice and clean? That's something I've always had trouble with...
DampBun Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
This is definitly incredible. There is something about your art that makes it feel so different, it's not only the style but there is really something. I cannot point it out.

pineapple-fritters Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
This is a very nice tutorial and u are very talented :) I had trouble understanding step 9? How do u change the lines from black to another? Nice work
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