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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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RodrigoStark Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  New member
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
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