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.


2. Defined facial characteristics.


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


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


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

11. Movie

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



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!

8. Clown

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.


2. Adjustment of placement, colours and facial feautures


3. Adding a background and effects


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

7. Vampire

Let me know what you think!

Love, Eve

Step by step: Gaze

Day three of October is Gaze! Here is my quick step by step of the painting. I will not discuss any details this time, if you wish to view more elaborate tutorials, click here: Study Tutorial – Reference tutorial – Self portrait tutorial .

I took reference from the famous painting of Johannes Vermeer, Girl with Pearl.

1. Started with a base that locked in the colours and shapes


2. Continued adding details and settled on a background


3. Started on modernising her clothing and adding her hair, as well as adding contrast between background and foreground.


4. Added details (look at the pearl) and finished up the background! That is it!

3. Gaze

There will be more step by steps this month, so be sure to check back in again.

Love, Eve

References guide

Goodday people!

References are essential for creating sketches, studies, painting and drawings. Today I will be discussing some usefull sites, accounts and other resources where you can find reference material for your artwork. You will find the direct links to said sites and accounts in the discriptions below.


Deviantart is a wonderful art platform that encourages artists from all media to post their artwork. You can also find stock photos, which are great for reference photos. These are my favourite accounts:



This account has a great variety of subjects: from general poses to combat references, from slender figures to big people, featuring both female and male subjects. Her site (which you can find here ) also has a sketch feature, which allows you to quickly switch between images ( which is great if you want to spend more time on your anatomy/pose studies).



These stock photos are from Mirish; a young Swedish woman who has a gallery full of wonderfull, high quality images. Besides offering dynamic posed references, these pictures can also be used as inspiration: most of them offer great light/shadows and background scenery.



I use the stock photos from RobynRose often for my quick anatomy and facial studies; her account offers the most consistent pack of poses and facial references.

Disclaimer: Note that many of the stockphoto accounts have rules using their stockphotos. Please, be respectful, read their rules and follow them when you do use their photos.


Sometimes, the best place to find references are in an artbook. I own several, though it does take some time (and money) to invest in them. However, if your Internet connection, for whatever reason, is not working (horror), you can always get your book of the shelf and continue drawing.

Portrait and Anatomy


These are my oldest books and I believe I got them for my birthday, many years ago. But these are just classics, with great images and easy steps to follow. The books are in Dutch, but Giovanni Civardi (not only an artist but a docent of Medicine (Anatomy) as well!) is published in many countries.

Vincent van Gogh


Artbooks like these are just splendid. Not only do they tell you the artists journey, but they show their artworks as well. Perfect reference material and a pleasant way to get a bit closer to your favourite artist.

Café Terrace at Night


Pinterest is the easiest way to find reference photos, but it can be a bit trickier to use when you are looking for a specific reference. I currently manage three Pinterest boards where I store my references, you can find them here:

Facial References


 Figure References


Scenery References


And that is my quick guide to references! I hope you guys find this usefull. If you have any suggestions for a next tutorial, please comment below!

Love, Eve

If you are interested in digital art tutorials, here are a few examples:

Reference tutorial – Brushes – Textures