Because Spring is part two of a four-part project, I had be sure that the choices I made for this piece will harmonize with the previous work.
I have a very clear vision of the overall project, and have decided to contrast the moods of the seasons greatly. On the other hand, I will needed to organize specific consistencies.
*minimizing of neck and body
*some sort of collar appropriate to each season
*the same necklace representing nature’s hardships
*long hair with a life of its own
*a certain amount of dimension and texture in the back round
*a value gradient dark to light from bottom to top
*one element of disguise
*clear difference in position of the head and eyes reflecting the qualities of each season
(*perhaps a border when all four have been completed)
Below are the steps I took to stylize Ms. Spring, ultimately leading to the finish (above).
Okey Dokey, part two is mostly about the way I manipulated my photos to provide a back round and a dress for Ms. Spring. There have to be myriad ways to deal with photos incorporated into digital paintings. I’m simply revealing the way I went about it in this piece. And, I have no problem revealing this to you. I think that the photos in this context will get the job done better than my painting of said areas.
Spring, It’s the second in my Four Seasons project. Last time with Digital Winter , I explored an overview of the digital painting via Photoshop layers. The focus of Spring is painting the skin. I’m using Photoshop CS4 and Wacom Intuos 4. I’m still working on the finish, but here’s essentially, how I’ve painted the skin thus far.
Above is a screenshot of the basic Photoshop underpainting of “Winter”. Below is a visual tutorial of the painting process. Please feel free to ask any questions that may come to mind, since my text explanation is spare.