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Something Red Walkthrough
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Published: November 22, 2005
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This is a walkthrough on how I did the picture Something Red, based on a photo by . And it's probably the closest thing to a tutorial that I'll ever make. :paranoid:

1. Exported linework from Freehand to Illustrator. Changed color to from black to #720000.

2. Did base colors as follows:
Skin: #FFF1E6
Lips: #E338OC
Tongue: #F7775E
Eye (Iris): #909058 and #CBC851
The white of the eye and teeth are plain white (#FFFFFF).

3. Did skin shading with semi-transparent (5-30%) shapes (color #720000) set to multiply. When the shading would start getting too dark, I'd group everthing and lower the transparency to 70-80%.

4. Skin shading was too dull so I created a new layer above it and drew a shape filled with #E33BOC and set to Color Dodge and 40% transparency. I also created some highlights by drawing shapes of the skin base color () and white (#FFF) set to lighten and blurred.

5. Shaded the lips and mouth the same way as the skin. Color #720000, 15-30% transparency. Highlights are #FFF1E56 set to lighten/30% transparency.

6. Eyes shaded the same way as everything else. Color #720000, 5-20% transparency.

To finish I added a new exclusion layer (color #021028) set to 80% transparency.
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AdvanceRun's avatar
AdvanceRunHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a bazillion .
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Protey17Student Interface Designer
Very spectacular! 
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zombiecharroHobbyist Digital Artist
Could you post a outline only screenshot??
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is there any site were i can make a picture like this???.... do you have any suggestion for me... please.. i love you works... thnx..
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gilangkharismaProfessional Digital Artist
wow.!! cool vexel :)
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CoconutMerengueHobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work
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xXCK1TheGreatXx Digital Artist
Do you start with the biggest shape when it comes to shading and work down to the smallest piece?
AWESOME TUTORIAL!!!!!!>....haven't done anything like this in 10 years, you are quite the inspiration...I'm stalking you
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XhenyaStudent Digital Artist
wow man....thats crazy.....i would never spend so much time making shapes and shading
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something, something, dark side...
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IkueHobbyist Digital Artist
You've been featured on :la:

Check it out here!
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IAKhanProfessional Interface Designer
amazing technique..:D
trishafalls's avatar
this is helpful. :+fav:!
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DegrassiAddictStudent Traditional Artist
Thanks for posting. I can't wait to test this on my sketches.
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jaggedpixelProfessional Interface Designer
Excellent work! :)

Could I be really, really Dumb and ask how you started shading? I am really having trouble with it :( By light area's end up Dark so its the exact opposite. :(
depth02's avatar
did you use blending mode on shading?
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tvlookplayHobbyist General Artist
very cool picture XD
dipoledipole's avatar
thank you very much for this tutorial!
its really helpful
you are one of the greatest vector artists here
keep it up sir
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iveroon Interface Designer
this is not a tutorial!, this is just to skillfull!
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Ash-a-leeProfessional Photographer
wow, the line art is great but I cannot believe how much the vectors and the colors make it pop! It's amazing, one of my fav pieces I've seen on here.
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