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9.steps by betteo 9.steps by betteo
Thinks to know:

-I used three kinds of brushes. A chalky one, plain airbrush, and a smeary one (oil like). And "dodge tool" in airbrush mode sometimes. I recommend Screen and Softlight option for your painting tools in some cases.

-In my layers I made a selection of the silhouette, then painted it flat, clicked the "preserve transparency" option and I forget about the whole thing of painting outside the figure.

-During the first coloring steps I used three layers. First one: the pencil drawing (opaque & below all). Second: a yellow multiply layer for a yellow base and Third: another multiply layer for the main shadows. All volume of the third step was done freehand with different grays and brushes, changing transparency of my brush very very often.

-I FREE-PAINT THROUGH ALL THE PROCESS, in between my color adjustments.

-I'm addicted to color adjustment tools. Color balance, hue-saturation, curves and even Variations (see the red coat in the 5th step, for example). And Levels to keep contrasts alive all the time.

-In the last step, I flattened the whole thing to paint more highlights without layers and clean some pencil dirt. I love that part. :heart:

-I don't have a steady method, so It's difficult to keep track of my "tricks". HONEST! I just use anything that PS offers me... Pay attention to the pictures and figure things out. It's the best way to learn.

Hope this helps, folks... =D
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yezek Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
muchas gracias por compartir tu proceso creativo betteo, es una gran inspiración. tienes un gran estilo y mucho talento. saludos!
yezek Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Muy grande la inspiración que transmite todos tus trabajos y además los tutoriales que ofreces son geniales.
Gracias por compartir tu técnica y conocimientos.
Muy agradecido,
Fuerte abrazo desde Espain :thanks:
Lisi4ka Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
... my first thought was.... "hey, the divison bell got a body!" :o :lol: :)

this was helpful, though my painting process is pretty similar to yours... :) :XD: especially at the "no particular method" and "use whatever PS gives you" parts. :P :)
Space3case Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for this wonderul resource
mrcontroversial Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I like that you were able to show us your process for this composition. :)
grungepuppy Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!
betteo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
LLKa Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Really interesting, thank you!
But, I'm sorry, but I really don't know what the dodge tool is? :s
betteo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
There is a classic retouching PS tool, divided into Burn, Dodge and Sponge. Here:
LLKa Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Okay, thank you so much for it, cause I searched by myself before and I couldn't find. *_*
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