Exercise: Car, painting from a sketch
Mar 22, 2017 by
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In this exercise, you will work from a sketch to create a realistic digital painting, using the following:
- "basic 3" brushes: soft round, hard round, hard flat
- temp layers
- opaque layers, glaze layers
- on-screen mixing
- keyboard shortcuts
- Right click and download the sample file to Photoshop:
- Find a reference image of a sports car in the color of your choice. You may use the same model as the sketch, or other models.
- Double click on the sketch layer to remove it from the background and turn it into a layer. (This is an opaque layer.)
- Create a new layer, fill it with white, and put it below the sketch. (Opaque layer)
- Create a new layer above the sketch. (This is a glaze layer.)
- Create a selection of the car body using the pen tool. Right click on path to make selection, feather about 3 pixels.
- Save the selection: use Select tool, right click on the selection and name it. (Cmd+Click on the channel to reactivate it at any time.)
- Repeat steps 6 and 7 to make window and windshield selections.
- With the body selected, on the top layer use soft round brushes in the paint color of your choice to rough in the volume and shape of the body. (Glaze layer)
- Use keyboard shortcuts.
- Use eraser to carve out smaller sections. (Eraser can be modified like a brush.)
- Adjust the opacity and flow, hardness, and size of the brush and eraser as needed.
- Keep an eye on the Navigator window to see how your painting looks from a "distance."
- With the body selected, create a new layer and use black and white to add shadows and highlights. (Glaze layer)
- Once you have everything roughed in on the body, select the inverse (Cmd+Shift+I) and rough in the parts outside the body.
- When you have a "pretty good" version, flatten the image. (Opaque layer)
- Create a new layer above the flattened version. (Glaze layer)
- Select and delete the paint inside the window and windshield areas. Rough those areas in.
- Finish the details:
- Create new glaze layers.
- Deselect, zoom in and paint in the details using hard round and hard flat brushes.
- Use color mixing (eyedropper tool) to blend colors.
- Zoom in to refine the details.
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