Spring

In this post I'll show you the process of drawing picture from the thumbnail on the left - spring-like portrait of a young girl. It was a quick painting, made just to relax a little. I guess I was just happy that winter is already over ;) Now it has almost a year, when I'm writing this, but I still hope that someone might learn something from this tutorial.

As always questions and comments are very welcome. If this tutorial helped you - tell me! :)

I start with a rough sketch. I plan the composition and how the girl will look like. I don't care much, this sketch is after all painted on in a short while - I cover it with first soft and wide strokes of my favorite brush (will I ever learn to use anything else...?). I place first shadows and lights on girl's neck and face.

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At this point of work it is important to place correctly all the elements of the face. I outline eyes, nose, lips, just to see whether I like her face expression and if I made any anatomic mistakes. Few smaller ones will probably be made later, when I'll work with image zoomed in and won't see clearly what exactly I am doing.

Next I focus on painting eyes. This time I'll work on two of them in the same time. I draw eyelids and irises, I paint whites of the eyes white and put some light tones above eyes. The most important part is of course painting irises - that's what makes eyes so attracting. At the end I smoothen eyelids and put some highlights into the corners of the eyes. But just after drawing eyelashes, when I want to see the picture from a distance, I find it anatomically wrong! One eye is too small and placed incorrectly. On the last from 6 images below this mistakes are fixed (as well as too thin neck).

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After this epic battle with eyes I switch my attention to the nose. Firstly I paint (as always) with big, soft, round brush with small opacity - I want shadows and lights blend together nicely. After that I finish it with small brush with higher opacity, drawing lines wherever I need to separate the nose from actual face. At the very end I put on some highlights.

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Next comes the skin. As always, on the separate layer, I firstly paint many many small dots, light and dark ones. If there is a need to do so I erase them a little with eraser of low opacity or use smudge tool. Texture of the skin should be more visible near the eyes, on the cheeks and on the tip of the nose. On this places skin tends to be more porous or textured (as near the eyes). I try not to place too many dots as I want the girl to have a gentle and smooth face.

After all this I draw lips. I paint them dark and then place some lights, so lips would appear a bit shiny. After I'm done I still feel that some things should be placed a little differently so I move them around and look for the position that looks best ;) Final result of my little rearrangement play is shown on the last picture from those below.

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When I'm happy with the face I switch to the forehead. Sketch (still showing from underneath) finally vanishes as I paint on it and girl gets her eyebrows. They are drawn as a bunch of dark lines, sometimes just crossed with lighter ones. It's important to pay attention to the direction of those little hairs (go to the mirror if you don't know how they look like :D). After that I paint some strange diadem and flowers in girl's hair.

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Then it comes to the color. I play a little with hues, just to see what I can achieve. You can read how to color black and white pictures HERE- in my separate tutorial. coloring takes only a minute and after that I finally start drawing branches of fruit tree :) It takes some time but it's kind of fun since I've never painted such things before. Girl hair is only partially painted - I just draw few light and wavy lines and single hairs, nothing more.

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After fixing some small mistakes and playing around a bit more the image is finished :)