It is tutorial time!

This time, I will show you how I use textures in my artwork as a way to add colour and dynamics.

First, I start drawing my portrait until I think it is about 80% finished (see the steps below)

1. Start with a proportion and raster base

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2. Pick your basic colours and lay them down.

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3. Fill out lights and shadows and add a background colour

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4. Keep defining your shapes

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5. Alter your colours if you have to.

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6. Keep drawing until you defined most details

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Apart from the details in his sweater, this looks like a decent portrait already. That is when I usually apply my textures.

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7. Textures can be found everywhere on the web; http://www.textures.com is only one example. However, in my opion Deviantart accounts supply you with the best textures.

I used the following textures for this portrait: Galaxy – Primary – Lights

I started with the Galaxy print and copied it to a new layer

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8. For the next step I set the layer setting to lighten; this resulted in a faded light texture on top of my artwork.

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9. Erase the bits that bother you, parts where you don’t want lights such as skin, shadow parts.

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10. You can start drawing from this part on if you want to; but most of the times I add about two or three textures layers and play with it for a bit.

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11. It is imported to change your settings a bit to “merge” your textures more: I up the contrasts a bit and change the levels.

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11. You go from this:

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To this:

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More colours ánd more dynamics.

12. I add a new layer and start painting on top of the textures. The importance here is that you just go with it; do not think about it to much!

This was my final result:

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I find the use of textures very helpful in composing exillerating and fresh artworks.

Let me know if this helps you!

Love, Eve

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