How to Paint a Woman Portrait from Scratch

How to Paint a Woman Portrait from Scratch

I used a new layer and changed the brush color to #4e3127 to paint some darker hairs in the middle of the eyebrows:


Step 17

I made a new layer and used a hard brush with the color #0f0e0d to paint the eyelashes. Remember to make the lower eyelid shorter and more sparse, especially at the inner edges:


Step 18

Since this step we'll working on the lips. Make a new layer under the lips one, use a soft brush with the color #664a40 to paint the shadow under the lower lip and at the lips corners, remember to make the shadow part under the lowest point darkest:


Step 19

Make a new layer and use a dark color for the brush (#4c1d1d) to paint the shade between two lips. I've found it's very important to show the face expression. Make it darker , sharper and smaller at the corners of the lips:


I created a new layer, changed its mode to Multiply and used the same brush to darken the shade more. Now you can see some of the teeth inside the mouth:


Step 20

I used a new layer and a hard brush with the color #f2dcd3 to paint the lips texture, especially around the lips shade, remember to lower its size to 7-10 px:


Step 21

On a new layer, use the same brush to create some highlight, gloss on and around the lips, especially at the lower lip corner to make them more realistic:


Step 22

It's time to take care of the nose. Make a new layer above the nose one and use a soft brush with the color #88584b , the opacity and flow about 30-35% to paint around the nose:


Step 23

I used a soft brush with the color #c99e80 to fix some errors of the nose sides and around the nostril:


Step 24

I used a soft brush with the color #cbac96 to brighten the sides of the philtrum. Change this layer mode to Soft Light 100%:


Step 25

On a new layer, use a soft brush with the color #f2dcd3 to brighten the nose bridge a little:


Step 26

In this step we'll create the body. Make a new layer under the head base one. Use a hard brush with the color #c99e80 to paint a body shape of the neck and shoulder. The neck width should be smaller than the width between two jaws.


Step 27

Create a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #736e62 for shading. We won't do many details on the body as it will be mostly covered by the hair and dress.


Step 28

On a new layer, use a brush with the color #795642 to create the details on the neck, shoulder and shadow of the head on the neck:


Step 29

I used a soft brush with the color #e2b190 to make the bones in the front more visible:


Step 30

Make a new layer above all of the layers. Use a hard brush with the color #ae845f to paint the base of the dress:


Step 31

Create a new layer with Clipping Mask, change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray:


Take the Dodge and Burn Tool (O) with Midtones Range, Exposure about 20-35% to create the details on the dress. You can see how I did it with Normal mode and the result with Overlay mode:


Step 32

Drag the flora pattern above the model and change the mode to Multiply 20%:

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  3. This is amazingly easy. Even on an iPod. I have done this and even though some of the proportions are wrong( soz I am a perfectionist ease don't take this offensively) it looks amazingly realistic. The eyes colour is awesome as well. When I. First started reading it I thought, ok the eyes are grey. That's interesting. Turns out the eyes were going to be sea green!!

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  4. According to my point of view It's wonderful creation.If you can i would like to know some more tutorials about Painting a Woman Portrait . Thanks :)

    1. Hi Blakred,you can use any Soft Round brush, but make sure its hardness is set to 0%then you can adsjut its size according to the image.and you are done.let me know if you need further assistance.

  5. Some of the proportions layout is wrong, like the corners of the mouth should line up directly with the pupils of the eyes, not the inside edge of the irises, to name one, and the distance between the eyes is equal to the size of one eye. The ears, ( if seen ) would top out at the underside of the arch of the yebrows, and the bottom of the lobes would be lined up with the bottom of the nose. The layout compliments and confirms itself when you follow what I have stated. Find a book on how to draw lifelike for further instruction.

    1. Why don't you make a tutorial of your own, a genius of life drawing? =) Show everybody how to do it properly, jealous b..... =)

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