Step by Step: Movie

Day 11 was Movie, which gave me a perfect opportunity to draw my favourite characters: Harry, Ron and Hermione!

1. Basic composition in blue values. As a brush I used a basic, rough textured one for a painterly feel to it.

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2. Defined facial characteristics.

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3. Added a layer, set layer option to soft layer (overlay works as well) and defined my colour palette.

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4. Up the vibrance, add a texture, use color dodge and keep drawing!

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5. Last changes to background and never, ever forget to add a watermark.

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For more detailed and extensive tutorial content, click here and here

Hope you liked it guys! You can let me know in the comment section below.

Love, Eve

 

 

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Step by Step: Clown

Evening cuties!

Here is a quick two step process of Day 9 of October: Clown! It explains what I do when a piece is nearly finished.

1. Below you can see the nearly finished painting. But it still needed some more contrast and vibrance to make it ‘pop’ more.clown1

2. So I added two textures, set them to Lighten and erased some bits here and there. I also altered the contrasts, made her lollipop bigger and more blurred and added some details!

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If you have any questions, comment in the section below.

There are more tutorials here: Texture tutorial – Customise Brushes – Self portrait tutorial

Love, Eve

Step by Step: Vampire

Day 7 was Vampire! I think I went a little overboard on this one…

If you wish to view more detailed tutorials of my working process, click here: Colour tutorial – Texture tutorial

1. Basic tumbnail and experimenting with colours.

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2. Adjustment of placement, colours and facial feautures

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3. Adding a background and effects

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4. Details, details details! As a final step I added some blood on her clothes (she is a vampire after all).

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Let me know what you think!

Love, Eve

Step by step: Decay

Day 5 of October is Decay!

Below I show you a couple of steps on how to make an artwork more vibrant and dynamic. If you wish to view more detailed tutorials, click here: Original & Composition – Texture tutorial

1. First I searched for some inspiration, so I just put ‘decay’ in the Pinterest search bar and stumbled upon this gorgous stone picture with such vivid colours.

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2. Started out with a basic drawing.

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3. Her sigarette was going to be a focal point of warm light, so I already layed down those highlights.

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4. I then added all the smoke around her and made good use of the color dodge tool to highlight some areas more!

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And that is it! Let me know what you think.

Love, Eve.

Newt Scamander Tutorial

Hi guys!

Today I have a step-by-step tutorial of one of my favourite pieces yet; Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts! I painted the drawing about a month before the movie came out, so the sign for the Blind Pig is not accurate, but I hope you can forgive me for that.

If you want to know how I start a new drawing, I would suggest you visit these tutorials:

Colour process – Reference tutorial – Study Tutorial – Customise your brushes

1. First of all, I picked the images below as reference pictures: one to serve as reference for the global painting and for the initial pose of Newt, and one for his face ( I wanted him to face towards the spectator).

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2. Set up a blank document (this one was 6500 x 9000 px with a 300 DPI) and start with your basic lines.

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Just make sure you fill up those basic shapes and lines. As you can see in the next image, there are some differences in value in the buildings: The ones that appear to be close by have a higher value than the buildings that are in the background.

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2. Time to present Newt! I added a new layer and set up his basic lines in a complementary colour so that I would not get my lines mixed up. I adjusted his height a little bit with the help of the Transform option (Crtl + T).

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3. I continued drawing Newt by defining his initial line-art with a darker colour and made progress on his facial features. The buildings in the background as well as the ground got a more smoothed look as I gradually worked on top of the original lines.

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4. As a next step, Newt got some more shading and value to add details.

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5.  Colours! I wanted to have an orange – blue palette for this drawing, so I made an orange gradient- and blue gradient layer and set them to softlayer, the image below shows the result of that change.

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I then kept playing with some colours layers and their options before I settled on a definitive palette. Furthermore, the street got a neat texture (found on http://www.textures.com )

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6. Portrait time! I set up the face reference next to my drawing document and began painting his gorgeous face. ( To see how you can paint a portait from photo reference, click here: Reference tutorial )

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7.  The following steps included more definition in colour as well as adding more details and shading to the surrounding buildings.

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8. I felt like there was someting missing so I started adding Frank into the painting. Deliberatly placed him between the buildings, hoping it would create a better dynamic in composition.

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9. And I thought the Niffler should be in there to! In the background you can also see a Hippogriff. Again, made sure that the objects that I placed in the background have a more ‘merged’ look.

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10. Color dodge time! For the final painting I added several more layers to play with colours, lights, ‘special effects’. As you probably have noticed I added a sign to the rights, as well as the title in the front. The blue and orange clouds you can see at Newts feet are a seperate color dodge layer. ( To see how to color dodge, click here: Color Dodge )

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And that is about it! Any thoughts on the next tutorial? Let me know in the comments below.

Love, Eve

New Artwork coming

Sherlock Holmes

I recently bought an anual Adobe license, which provides a variety of programmmes for painting/editing. This portrait of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes is one of the first drawings made in Photoshop CC (I worked with Photoshop CS4 before CC). Although roughly the same, I noticed that the CC version is easier in use. And my Wacom tablet somehow works faster, which is a big pro!

I also started working with Artrage, a digital art programme that actually uses traditional media. It works phenomenal! I will soon post a review, or perhaps a review video, about this programme.

New artprogrammes mean more art, so be sure to check my site regularly, as I will update new art soon!

Love, Eve

Smile – Charity

I am proud to present you the finished artwork for the charity auction. Smile! There are more details added to her face and changes were made in the colourpalette, but the original background structure was preserved. It was so much fun to paint and I really love this portrait.

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The event, a gala, took place in a beautiful hotel and I had a blast. A delicious dinner accompanied the charity auction, which was hosted by the famous Dutch ice skater Erik Hulzebosch. Ha, how awesome is that?!

I was more nervous than I dared to admit at the time. My nerves were severely tested once it became clear that I had to enter the stage as well… Luckily I didn’t trip (high heels aaah) and I believe I gave a proper introduction to the artwork. The portrait (with many thanks to mr. Hulzebosch who did a splendid job as an auction host) got a new owner in no time. Also many thanks to this new owner, this means the world to me!

All the funds that were raised, will be donated to a program in a medical clinic in West-Africa.

I am very grateful that I got the oppurtunity to help this charity by donating an artwork. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Love, Eve