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::Tea progress:: by BikerScout ::Tea progress:: by BikerScout
Started this ages ago and it came to an abrupt halt, so I dusted it off for another shot. :fingerscrossed:

I really liked the sketch stage of this one. (It's not very clear in this view, but I added it to my Scraps here) There's a lot of hair which I think is why it stalled early on. I decided it was time to face my demons! :faint:

In some ways it's quite similar to the Scarlett piece - the angle of the head is almost the same so I'm using the same colour palette and have also used the same background (albeit flipped).

This was my first serious 'hair piece' (if you'll pardon the pun :giggle:) and I really tried hard to get the hair looking as realistic as possible. :aww:


:star: See the finished piece here!


:bulletred: Tea Leoni is married to X-Files star David Duchovny and appeared in Bad Boys & Deep Impact.
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krios82 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Beautiful piece =)
thank you for sharing the process
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I hope you find it useful. :w00t: And although it's over 6 years old, the techniques still apply. That's the great thing about digital work - the main processes never change, just the technology. :aww:
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ccbluetink Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
completely stunning .....such a great job with detail....love it :D
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much. :thanks:
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balletbunhead20 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was wondering... is there a specific brush that you use??
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I only use the default brushes so there's no fancy brush sets or anything. It'll either be hard-edged, or soft-edged. Sometimes I play about with scattering & spacing the Brush palette. But honestly... there's nothing complex or fancy going on here! :)
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balletbunhead20 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay thank you so much for the reply!
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perpetualdamsel Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing! :D
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:iconbikerscout:
BikerScout Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. I hope you find it useful. :)
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varun8184 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student Photographer
toooooooooooooooooooooo~~~~

i like it ..


it helps me

oh ! omg.... i search on net for more tut on digital painting here my search over

i can start creating my own digital painting ...

thanks YOu very
much

sir ! can u wrote something about

how to shading and lighting ( i mean its techniques )

i hope you answer me .....

thanks again ......

:typerhappy:
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you found the WIPs helpful! :dance:

Every painting is different so it's difficult to explain specifics about shading & lighting. I would recommend checking out my Tutorials section. Each piece in there, explains a little bit about how I paint. Hopefully that will help you. :)
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Aulef Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow. So gorgeous. :heart:
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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Aulef Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome c:
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sanjayorange Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
Too good ! :love:
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much. :aww:
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Lodain Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Which software did you make it by?
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Photoshop CS2 :aww:
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jjengo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
amazing! <3
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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Dark---sora Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
you are god XD awesome pic, really love the detail.
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ksenia94 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
She reminds me so much of Rain Mikamura!
Sorry, twas a bit random, but very nice expression on her face.
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it. :w00t:
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Helena1 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Why did you leave out her ear-ring? Or are you going to put it in later? I think it would add a nice touch of elegance to the piece.

I really think you did a great job at capturing her, though.
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I added the earring. I completed this one a while ago. The finished portrait is in my gallery. :nod:

And thanks. I'm glad you like it. :thanks:
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Helena1 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, I see. Sorry. The last one so perfect, I thought you were done.
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FaustoB Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for spending time to share with us how you did it. I have wondered so much how artists made digital pictures.
This will make it easier for me and a lot of us! Thanks!
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. Glad you found it useful. :aww:
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egustus Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
amazing!!:wow:
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks very much.
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radiolab Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
hrm, you make it look so easy.
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Fallenswordsman Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
Fantastic walkthru of your process. Well done
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Al-Kabeer Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
Thanks a lot! I love dig-painting but still trying to u/stand the basics of it; I hope ur tut will help me a lot.
If there is any site for this please let me know.
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Al-Kabeer Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
Thanks a lot! I love dig-painting but still trying to u/stand the basics of it; I hope ur tut will help me a lot.
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Skuttling Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
nice, kinda helpful since im just starting out in digital art
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you find it useful. Be sure to ask questions if you have any - I'm happy to help. :aww:
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Tanathiel Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial :D Well, I guess, I could learn how to work in CG with Photoshop with this one ;)
But I guess, I remain in the traditional art :aww:
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oleanderchardonai Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
This is very nice work so far! Can't wait to see another one of your masterpieces when it's finished.

-OleanderChardonai
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kristymariethomas Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
First of all, this is so awesome. An instant fave. One thing that's left out is how you do the highlights in the skin on the 2nd-4th frames. Is it a soft brush, what opacity? How do you pick the color?

I'm trying a black and white painting of Ewan McGregor right now and it's driving me crazy. I just don't get the nice smooth, natural looking skin - it makes me want to grab a pencil and paper because I know how to do it that way! lol...
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Two choices really:

~ To do the very rough highlights, I use the 'Dodge' tool set to Midtone at about 10-20% opacity.

~ When I'm concentrating on getting the colours right I choose a very light, almost white skin colour, and use a large soft brush at 5-10% opacity.

If you don't want to select this colour by eye, use the eyedropper on the reference image, clicking the lightest area of the face.

Starting out with black & white digital portraits is a good way to start, especially if you're still getting used to the tablet. You only concentrate on contrast rather than colours aswell.

Looking forward to see how you do, Kristy! :aww:
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XanderWolf Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderfully done!
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers! :w00t:
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SimplyACat Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible! :omfg:
Awsome work! :D
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! :aww:
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erikasxoxo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
COOL!!! what program did you use?? i'd love to learn to do this!
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Photoshop CS2, but you could easily do this in an earlier version since I'm only using basic tools. :)
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erikasxoxo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
cool! i was asking bc i thought it might be Photoshop, and my dad just bought the program... i don't really know how to work with it yet... but i've been trying to learn...
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Shirleys-Art-Site Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
Yeah really great~
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ddlovell27 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007   Digital Artist
omg dude your fuckin awesome.... do you a mouse or a tablet because i have been thinking that maybe if i got me a tablet i could improve my drawing photoshop because i can draw alot better on paper than with a mouse.
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I only use graphics tablets these days - Wacom Intuos2 at work, Intuos3 at home. It's a real godsend. I wouldn't even consider trying to do anything with a mouse these days. :)
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