Painting a Fantasy Warrior in Photoshop


Step 1 – Sketching

I often draw a lot of sketch, on computer or maybe sometimes on paper. I decide to paint a portrait of a fantasy warrior . Here is the simple sketch work I did with Photoshop. For the initial sketch work, Photoshop File size is 600×600. Resolution can be 72 for now.

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Step 2 – Color Palette

The second thing here you to choose color scheme. I want to do something really colorful and cold colors for the character portrait . I decided for background a dark blue color . Other colors are for the character face and his clothing. Open an another file and save your colors. And always keep open that new file when you are painting.

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Step 3 – Choosing a Brush

For my character I use only standard brushes with some different pen pressure settings. Chose a simple standard brush

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After that from brush panel choose “Other Dynamics” and make the setting as seen on the below picture.

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Now try your brush. You can change the setting as you see on this picture.

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Step 4 – Coloring

And now we are going to begin adding colors and some details. Now change the file size as 2000×2000 . Resolution must be 300. Now I start coloring and give the basic tone coloring to the sketch. Please select the Gradient Tool and do as you see an the picture.

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Now I’ll show you how to open a layer and how to name the new layer. First of all please select the “create a new layer” icon.

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So we have opened a new layer with the name “Layer 6″ But now we must change the name of the layer.

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Please click twice on the layer and write here face_color. This layer is be going to be for the face painting.

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And now here as you see I have 5 layers. You do the same on your project. And now the first layer group is for my signature. You can add a sign your image You have a question in mind – Why so much layer for such simple artwork ? Because if I am not satisfied with the color and want to change I can make some changes via help of those layers. This Step is very important.

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TIP: I also always try not to zoom in until the end of the painting. I always paint at 25% or 35% at these first Steps. Generally if you zoom in and paint something very closely and then when you zoom out it will look weird.