A Guide to Painting “The Clever Cat”

A Guide to Painting “The Clever Cat”
A Guide to Painting “The Clever Cat”
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Step 11

Now I can begin the detailing process using the Smudge tool. Using the Smudge tool at 20% strength, I smudge the edges of the brush strokes to make the smooth. Then I switch to the burn tool to burn the edges. Once that’s done I switch to the Dodge tool to dodge the highlights.

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Here’s what the image looks like so far. I’ve turned on the visibility of the sketch layer to show you how my character has changed while painting.

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Step 12

After working on the figure more, I decided to make some changes for the background. I changed the gradient from teal and blue to purple. This makes the cat stand out more. I also enlarged the image size so I can add more detail. My file size is now 3000x1716.

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I decided to change the main painting a little bit too. Here you can see that I added a little cowboy hat to the cat. As usual, I created it on a new layer. I also added some stars to the background.

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The stars are also on it's own layer. These small touches add a lot more to the image.

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Final Results

And here’s the final image. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy this detailed making of the whole artwork. I hope you can use some of the techniques here for your own painting. Remember, the only way to become good at painting is to practice!


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