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: 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.


2. Started out with a basic drawing.


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


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

5. Decay

And that is it! 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



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).



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


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.


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).


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.


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


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.


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 )


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 )


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


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.


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.


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 )


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

Love, Eve

Self portrait tutorial

Hi cuties! It is tutorial time 🙂

This time I made a step-by-step tutorial of my latest selfportrait.

1. Pick a suitable photo of yourself: In the picture below the background is a bit messy, but the light on my face is good. No make-up photo’s usually are better to work with!


2. Start with your base ( base background and raster; check this photo reference tutorial to see how : Reference tutorial) and set up your basic facial features. I started with an orange base to ensure a warm skin tones. Then I chose a complementary blue as background colour.


3. Next I brightened the colours more and added some highlights. As you can see, the base colour of the hair is a purple hue, which would seem odd at first. But is really works as a base colour!


4. Time to define the colours! Below you can see the hair evolving from a purple colour to a blonde shade by applying lighter red/brown colours on top of the base. I also smoothed the skintones and gave the dress another colour (which worked better with the background)


5. It is color dodge time! The previous image lacked brightness and contrast. which I added in this step. Also, I added more colour dynamics by color dodging (to see how you can color dodge, click here: Color Dodge )


6. Next step is adding textures for colour dynamics. I was able to add a popping pink colour.  (To see how I apply textures, click here: Texture tutorial )6

7.  And add finishing touches to complete your portrait!


Hope you guys find this helpfull! I would recommend you check out the following tutorials as well to get a better sense of my drawing process:

Original & Composition – Study Tutorial – Base tutorial – Reference tutorial

Love, Eve