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Process - The Better Man by alicexz Process - The Better Man by alicexz
Here's some process shots of my latest painting - not really a tutorial (which I keep getting asked for but I am really bad at writing those), so maybe this will be helpful/interesting to some people.

I always do my digital paintings and drawings in Adobe Photoshop, with a Wacom tablet. For this piece I used a modified hexagonal brush with opacity/size jitter turned on, and a chisel brush with opacity/tilt jitter. The photo reference (of Michael Fassbender) is here: [link] Total painting time 2-3 hours.

Some random tips and thoughts:
- Try painting on a colored background instead of a white one.
- Always "block out" big shapes and colors first, using big brushes and bold strokes, never work on details before blocking out your piece.
- If you're doing a portrait, choose a good clean reference photo. If you're doing a commission and your client gives you shit references, ask for new ones. Working from shitty, blurry, overexposed reference photos will only hurt your piece, you'll waste time trying to emulate detail that isn't there and you might as well not reference at all.
- Experiment with color; keep in mind complimentary/contrasting colors can be really interesting. For example, I added blue throughout the piece to compliment the blue of the character's eyes and to balance out the intense reds. This of course is a matter of personal taste but I find it's always more interesting to paint what's not there than what is (in terms of color.)
- If you're just looking to practice, drawing characters that you like makes it more fun. ;P

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For more thoughts and process.

Finished piece here:
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RachelMcCoy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
I always wondered what your paintings looked like at the beginning. This is an awesome and inspiring glimpse of your process. Thanks for sharing! :D
DaisyNova Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
C.. can you one day do a brush tutorial, or share your brushes? Its just so beautiful >_< I always paint super smoothly and it looks sort of silly sometimes. It would be very appreciated. Your colours and portraits are just so... ahh <3
XJasmin3x Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much! :)

may i ask how long have you been drawing digitally?
and how many layers do you use?

yasermohavi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
deboratsuki Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for share!!! I love your arts!!!
vishalrokad Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
love ur works
share some more process and brushes
SUPREMEOVERL0RD Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Solemne Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student
HeroLoverFoolVillain Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's both a great piece and gives a great insight to your creative methods. Thank you so much ^^

I really love your style.

Sayael Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
gah... your art is so... colorful! It literally takes my breath away. This is really helpful!
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