To create a digital painting I use a couple of different techniques combining photography, photoshop, sketching and painting into a new work of art.
Usually I follow these steps to create a new painting;
- preparation – moodboard
- preparation – create base image
- create working layers the quick & easy way
- create working layers by hand
- digital painting using actions
- finishing touches
1. Shoot studio photo and location photo’s. The location photo’s I often shoot as HDR.
2. Shoot background image
HDR photographing, camera settings, etc
3. Retouch model photo
Adding detail using the Double RAW Converting technique, skin retouching (using the dust & scratches filter), dodge & burn
A frequency separation technique is explained very well on Fstoppers by Julia Kuzmenko.
5 Creating the composite
Cutting out the subject, adjusting
6 Creating shadows
7 Blending foreground with the background
8 Final touches
9 Publishing the end results
Use of social media
More recently I started to incorporate 3D renders into my work. With the use of renders comes a lot of creative freedom and endless possibilities for creating backgrounds/backdrops as well as creating main subjects.
A tutorial on using these background/backdrops is in the works at the moment. Take a look at the Assets page for free downloads and more info.