Wolfgirl

This time it's something I find a bit more complicated by my standards. In practice I didn't have any special problems with this one, just another anatomy practice. Just as a small addition I drew some wolf, just to make the whole picture more interesting. I hope it looks quite good ;)

As always all technical comments about tutorial itself are more than welcome. If something seems to be unclear I can always try to add some additional information.

Wolfgirl

I start with a fast sketch, just to plan things out on my "paper". The idea itself isn't really complicated, girl is based on some photo I found on the net (sorry, I don't know the author :c ). After sketching out the character I add a wolf (at first there were two of them but I changed my mind). Hand seems to be a bit off at the moment but I don't care much, I will paint it properly later on.

Next I plan colors and lighting on the background. Everything on the picture will abide by those light-rules ;) I also make a first attempt at painting face, as it is still the simplest thing for me. I add some plum-like color in her hair, to make the color appear warmer. Shadows are a bit purple and lights take some yellow. Slowly I paint facial features. All the time the only brush I use is the soft round one, with lowered opacity. It helps me to nicely blend colors together.

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I paint jaw and add some dark shadow underneath. Girl has slightly raised head and face is moved to the viewer so neck stays in the shadow. Then I add some small shadows on the face , to make it less flat, draw eyebrows and do some details: shadows near eyelids, irises and nostrils.

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After all this I found shadows a bit too dark and blunt to I smoothed them up a bit. When I decide that face is finished and realize that she actually looks like a professor from my university I move on to the rest of her body. With big, soft, round brush I place some first shadows and lights, slowly taking out the base shape. After a while I leave the body and add some more hair on the separate layer.

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At first I paint with a big brush, some base shape for the whole locks of hair. Then with the smaller and sharper one I add some separate strains. After painting hair I spend some time painting fabric. It's mostly hidden in the dark shadow so I just add some lights when the fabric folds and that's it ;)

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Next I sketch the hand once again (on the separate layer!). I'm trying to make it helpful for me so proportions are very important right now. Then I take my favorite soft round brush and block some lights and shadows, trying to figure out if this is making any sense and anatomical errors are not showing. Well, I was never good at painting hands to begin with, they take a lot of time...

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I try to add some detail to the hand. Of course it is a painful process, especially color of light is bugging me... On the face I used yellow but now it seems to be too cold so I decided to add more of pink and orange to the tone. Using same color helped everything blend together nicely so I am a bit reluctant but I guess it couldn't be helped. Surroundings of the hand made me change yellow into orange. When hand is ready I go back to the body. I paint navel, make muscles visible a little bit and struggle with her belly. I also add some more hanging fabric.

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I finish the fabric painting the last part of it and paint some simple necklace. To make it look as if it was really laying on her lower neck I add some small shadows and light reflections. Simple trick, but helps to get rid of 'levitating necklace effect' ;D After some minor fixes to her breast I take a big brush and block some colors for her wolf.

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First of all I paint his nose, eyes, jaw and so on, all the distinct features. Then I place some light on him, trying to add some purple to the shadows to make it blend with the rest of the picture. And then comes the fur... Time consuming process, to paint it, really. I just drew some lines and drew and drew and drew... Yeah, this is something for patient people.

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After a long while spent on painting fur (obviously) and some minor fixes (I had to make her head and hand smaller haha :D ) I decide the whole picture is finished :)