Something Red Walkthrough
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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
AdvanceRun|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a bazillion .
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Protey17's avatar
Protey17|Student Interface Designer
Very spectacular! 
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zombiecharro|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you post a outline only screenshot??
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rkingphilip's avatar
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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gilangkharisma|Professional Digital Artist
wow.!! cool vexel :)
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CoconutMerengue|Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work
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xXCK1TheGreatXx's avatar
Do you start with the biggest shape when it comes to shading and work down to the smallest piece?
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AWESOME TUTORIAL!!!!!!>....haven't done anything like this in 10 years, you are quite the inspiration...I'm stalking you
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Xhenya|Student Digital Artist
wow man....thats crazy.....i would never spend so much time making shapes and shading
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Wow. [link]
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GuidoHC's avatar
something, something, dark side...
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Ikue's avatar
Ikue|Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been featured on vectordiary.com :la:

Check it out here!
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IAKhan|Professional Interface Designer
amazing technique..:D
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trishafalls's avatar
this is helpful. :+fav:!
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DegrassiAddict|Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for posting. I can't wait to test this on my sketches.
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jaggedpixel|Professional 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. :(
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Gns-desing-X3's avatar
GENIAL!X10 *o*
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depth02's avatar
did you use blending mode on shading?
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tvlookplay|Hobbyist General Artist
very cool picture XD
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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-lee|Professional 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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