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This is the third and last part of the Roman Life tutorial! This tutorial will show you how to draw the female character and finish the drawing.
Preview of Final Results
Roman House Part III – Finishing Photoshop Tutorial
- Program: Photoshop 7
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes
This is the final part of a three part drawing series. Roman House Painting Part I - The Drawing shows now to create the initial outline sketch. Roman House Part II - The Drawing shows how to draw the scene and finish the background.
I recommend that you use a drawing tablet during this portion of the tutorial. Otherwise, all brush sizes given will be much too large. As a general rule of thumb, if you are using a mouse the brush should be approximately 1/3 the size of the suggested brush size.
Make a new folder (Layer ? New Layer ? Layer set) and call it the “Background”
Drag and drop all of the layers (except the background) into this folder. It is important that you drag them in the same order, top to bottom, so that they won't get all jumbled. It helps if you collapse the folder while you work (it will also make drawing the Roman woman easier).
Make another folder above the “Background” folder and name it “Woman”.
Make a new layer in the “Woman” folder titled “skeleton”.
Sketch in a head-shape that it turned slightly away at a ¾ angle.
Sketch in the shoulders, and make sure that they aren't too wide, but don't give her weeny shoulders either. I usually think that shoulders are about two-heads wide.
Begin the torso by drawing an elongated “U” shape beneath the shoulders.
Draw a round “U” pelvis area, and add more shape to her waist by taking it in on both sides.
I realized that the woman was too large, but that fine. I simply select the entire area, and then press Ctrl+T to activate transform mode. Then I Shift+Click and drag to make the body slightly smaller and higher up.
Sketch in the thighs with just a few lines and circles where the knees are. I find it handy to draw two circles in the pelvis area, to dictate where the two legs attach.
I accidentally made the top half of the legs too short, but there is an easy way to fix this! Select the legs and press Ctrl+T. Then drag the bottom of the box down, this will elongate the legs!
Sketch out the bottom half of the legs, and add triangles for the feet.
Fill out the legs.
Draw two little circle where the arms connect to the torso.
Sketch in the right arm so that it goes back a little at the elbow, and comes up to rest on her shoulder.
Draw the other arm frame using lines for the arm, triangles for the hands, and circles for joints
Fill out the arms.
Clean it up by erasing all the lines inside the outline.
Make a new later for the dress outline.
Start the dress with a single bejeweled strap. This dress is going to be a one-shoulder dress, with gold medallions on the shoulder strap.
When drawing the neckline, remember that the dress is very “drapey”. It should drape several times across the chest.
Draw in the midsection of the dress. This is where it is tightest, but you still want to add a fold or two along the outside of the dress.
The bottom of the dress is loose, so their will be several “pleat” type folds.
Mae sure that the dress follows along with the right leg's outline. This will make the dress look flowing.
Outline a rope encircling her waist. To make the knot in the middle, make a kind of “ying-yang” shape, as though they are tied together.
Make the lines look like a twisted rope by drawing little “seed” shapes back to back between the lines. These little seeds are elongated ovals with a slightly pointed side, and a rounded side opposite.
Draw two dangling ropes hanging from the knot we drew before.
Using a 3 pixel opaque brush, add swirling patterns to the medallions.
New layer beneath the dress outline.
Block in the dress with color #FFEBBF.
Fill the little shoulder medallions with color #FFAE00.
Use the burn tool on midtones mode (46% exposure) to add shadows to the medallion.
Using the same settings as before, add shadows to the dress with the burn tool.
Use dodge tool (highlights mode, 16% exposure) to highlight the dress.
Block in the rope with color #9F58C4.
Use the dodge tool and burn tool (like before) to add highlights and shadow to the rope that ties around her waist.
Make a new layer above the “dress” layer.
Outline the body with color #592C00 (opaque, 9 pixel brush).
Outline the individual toes and fingers.
Delete the “skeleton” layer.
Make a new layer above the outline, “face outline”.
Draw the nose to the left of the head-shape. The nose is a lot like a curving “L “.
Draw the nostrils. The right one looks like a “ ) “ parentheses, the other is only slightly showing.
Draw the mouth. Draw the top lip connecting to the middle line, and the bottom lip connected too at the left side (where the lips round off), but leave the right corner open. Also, you can add a little line under the nose if you wish (only as indication, it will be added as a shadow later).
Draw the eyes as a sort of elongated almond shape. The left eye will be rounded on the far left side.
Draw iris's in the eyes and eyelashes to their outer corners.
Sketch in the eyebrows using short thin strokes.
Fix the jaw by erasing the right half and making it less square by raising the point where the jaw meets the back of the head.
Draw the ear right where the skull meets the jaw. The top of the ear should be in line with the eyes. A little tip in the shape of the ear, it is kind of shaped like half a peanut.
Make a little “U” shape to indicate her right cheek.
Make a new layer above the “dress” layer.
Fill in the entire figure with color #FFE8C3 (opaque).
Block in the dark shadows with color #E4AF84 (49% opacity)
Soften the darks with color #F4CFAA (49% opacity) on their edges.
Highlight the skin with color #FFF6DF.
Use the burn tool (midtones mode, 46% exposure) to darken the darkest area of the skin (between toes and fingers, and under the chin).
Add a streak of pink right on the cheekbone with color #F4BCA1.
Highlight the cheeks with color #FFE6D9.
Fill in lips with color #E4AF84.
Add some color to the lips with color #FFB594 set to 41% opacity.
Darken the bottom of both the top and bottom lips with the burn tool on its previous settings.
Highlight the top and bottom lip with color #FFEACA (41% opacity).
Fill in the whites of the eyes with color #F&F3ED.
Fill in the eyes with color #4D46A9 (opaque).
Color in the bottom half of the eye with color #7095FF.
Use the dodge tool on the bottom third of the iris.
Make the eye's pupils with black (color #000000).
Use the burn tool on the rims of the eyes, in the middle around the pupil, and in the top third of the iris.
Use color #FFFDFC (80% opacity) to add a shine to the eyes.
Add a shadow to the right corner of the eyelid with color #CB9269 (54% opacity).
Fill in the eyebrows on the “skin” layer with color #5A2600 at 54% opacity (soft edged brush).
Make a new layer, “hair”.
Using a hard edged brush, outline the hair with color #130800 (opaque). I decided to go with a classic Roman/Greek look, curly hair with multiple ribbons in the hair.
Make a new layer “hair color”.
Block in the hair with color #471400.
It's not too late to make changes! I decided that the left eye was too big, so I selected it with the selection tool and transformed it (Ctrl+T), making it more almond shaped.
Erase the line that indicates the cheek, and the little line under the nose.
Make a new little curved line under the nose with color #B27044 (9% opacity).
Use the burn tool (midtones mode, 46% exposure) on the “skin” layer around the hairline, under the cheek, and underneath the chin.
Block in the two hair bands with color #9243C3.
Use the burn tool (same settings) and the dodge tool (highlight mode, 20% exposure) to add highlights and shadows to the ribbons.
Add shadows to her hair with color #1F0900 set to 61% opacity.
Highlight her hair with color #912800 at 21% opacity.
To add shadows around the woman, use the burn tool on the floor using the same settings as before, and then on the front column (layer “column 2”) with the burn tool set to highlight mode.
And you're done with the background! The third part shows how to draw and color a roman woman.