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Photoshop - Painting a face by sirasan Photoshop - Painting a face by sirasan
What can I say? Hope it helps at least one person on this planet a little bit and I'm happy X)
I only painted this picture for this tuto...and writing that stuff etc took me longer than the picture itself lol

Detailed tutos on how painting eyes, lips, and whatnot will follow...but not today ;)
Please ask if you don't understand something...or if you have any further questions.

Edit: Here's the closeup as promised: [link]
Fear it's sloppyness! ^^ I Doodled the neck, shoulders and wimple thing in 10minutes lol :]
Deltasyl Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
I followed your tutorial and i am almost done with my own painting - the face is complete (my colleagues are wondering whose face it is, cus it doesnt look exactly like your tut sketch, Lol). It was a very helpful tut., thanks
OrtalShriki Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHhaha you made me laugh so much with those little painting around the tut thank you so much for sharing this is awesome :)
MelissaBlaqueArt Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
This is great! Thank you.
Cloudy-chan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this helped so much!!!!
thank you! (:
bluebrothers Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
cool face painting:

Useful Ideas for Face Painting for Beginners

There are many styles and techniques used in painting. Some painters paint over canvas, stones, walls, paper, and many others. But did you know that face painting is gaining popularity over the years?

Face painting started many years ago. In fact, ancient people already practiced face paintings like the Egyptians and many other tribes. Today, people love face painting. It gives them pleasure and at the same time, they are also having fun. If you want to learn face painting, you should make use of these ideas for face painting.

If this is your first time to do face painting, you have to gather much information about the topic. You can read a face painting book or you can also watch videos that teach beginners how to do face painting. If you want, you can also search the net for useful information regarding this particular work of art. Study the information you've gathered.

After that, go to an art shop and purchase paints, paint brushes, sponges, and other materials that you will use. If you want to improve your skills in face painting, you will have to practice. As the saying goes ˝ practice makes perfect. If you simply leave the paints, brushes, and all your other art materials lying around, you will not learn anything. During your vacant time or when you're just relaxing and doing nothing, pick up your brush and start painting.

You have to have someone who you can practice with but just make sure that you practice with an older child or an adult. Having small children around is not a good idea as they have shorter attention span. They will only be fidgety and you can't do a good job. By having an adult or a much older child, you can practice without any complaints. The person should also be interested in face painting so that you will not encounter any problems and difficulty.  

When you're already face painting, apply only thin coats of paint. DonÝt apply a think coating or layer otherwise, the design will tend to crack and cake.

If you need to apply two or more layers of paint, let the first layer dry first. Once the first layer is completely dry, you can now apply the second layer. To outline the shapes you're making, you can make use of makeup pencils. You can also purchase this in art shops.

DonÝt try difficult designs like symmetrical ones. You can do this if you're already experienced. For starters, you can do animals because it is not very detailed when it comes to the designs on both sides of the face. Painting a butterfly is difficult because it is a symmetrical design. You have to wait until you're ready for that.

Try to use your imagination. You can create small tattoos or stamps like spiders, snakes, lizards, and many others. You can use temporary tattoos as reference but make sure that you choose one that is appropriate for face painting.

The internet offers many possibilities. If you're really artistic and you came up with unique ideas for face painting, you can make your own collections and build your own site. This way, you can create your hobby into a business.

Face painting can remove stress and tension. Practice this excellent work of art. Once you've developed the skill, you can try the more difficult techniques or styles.
Abhinandg Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
This.Has.Helped.Me. ALOT! Thank YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Huchimenroppi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
This is amazing!
vitjtor Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :)
Saskeshippunden Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Epic! I learn many with this tutorial! 
albertorolla88 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
hey buddy! do you think this could work in a UV mapping??? I could make real nex gen videogames with your techinques! By the way, english isn't my mothertongh, greetings from Argentina ... OH, I USE THE SAME TECNIQUES THEN YOU!!!! i use mouse for filling and the Gpen for contorns, cause my pen isn't so good,
Tysev Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
your tutorial is so awesome... your end product is just so... wow
used this when I tried doing my first face which ended up looking.... really really bad :P

tried following your tutorial again recently and ended up with this:[link]
thanks so much for this, it helped me out a lot
NovaKing23 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Filmographer
Helped so much! Thanks! Awesome image :)
TheMimicsEye Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this is awesome!
MyTh1C Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The final looked so photo-real to me I jumped out of my seat D: Thank you for the tutorial it's been extremely helpful!
sirasan Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I'm glad they are, thanks a lot!
Brusol Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
seems so simple. thanks
ManishaChan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
FinalProtocol Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Incredibly helpful tutorial, you rule!
Glitza Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student General Artist
This is friggin amazing! So awesome. It's incredible with the sketch you started with and the painting you finished on. I LOVE IT!
iclethea Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved this Tutorial. It helped me so much!!! Here's a link if you want to take a look :) [link]
sirasan Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I'm glad i could help! Your first painting looks very promising, you only need to get a little bolder with the dark shadow lines :) (sorry for the very late reply btw)
iclethea Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the tips :)And it's fine :)
gisela1910 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Just to let you know I am following your tutorial thank you so much for sharing your work flow appreciate it. I am a complete newbie with digital painting but found your tutorial very easy to follow than others i've seen.
sayuri1018 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Artist
one question. is there such a thing as having a canvas thats too big? o.o
sirasan Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
ok i know you asked this question almost one year ago (very sorry, i didn't log into this account!) but in case you're still wondering about your question or someone else here does:

There are limitations to your canvas' size because of one's computers' limited RAM and disk space. On my old computer for instance (1 GB RAM, usually ~100GB free disk space) Photoshop got really annoying to work with when I painted on a canvas that was larger than ~4000x4000px. Everything worked very very slow. Also, the larger one's canvas the larger one's brush size has to be, which means more work for the computer. Then, I'm not having the best time with my tablet's projection when the canvas is too big. Sometimes I have to work with a zoom which allows me to see the whole picture - then the lines get shaky for some reasons if the canvas is too big (I'm working with a Wacom Intuos 3 A4 - might be a hardware-related problem, I don't know)
ElFaramawy-Design Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very Nice :)
halekstone Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is very very helpful. This is pretty much my guide for a step by step process. Thanks so much!
HTZT Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
prango Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
wich painting tablet you are using?
sirasan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
i used a stinky trust tablet back in 2005 (when i wrote this tutorial). i'm using a wacom intuos 3 nowadays, worth the money. the trust tablet was a real pain in the arse so i did most of the stuff with a mouse anyway...
amaliadaniels Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow. wooowww! :D Thanks for this!
TL-Designz Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great tutorial thank u
Kinkers1992 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial! helped me alot!
coolcat87 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
jeepja Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
so good
cayokenkungfu Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great !
derandre Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for sharing!
Viktoria-Lyn Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial thanks!!
Here is mine-[link]
BadlyDrawn19 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thanks, it was really useful. Got me right out of a pickle while creating a poster.
dark-mask91 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats exactly what i've been looking for...
i started with anime/manga style but i noticed that im leaning toward realistic style these days..
soo yeah this will become handy ;P
FrauAubrey Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012   General Artist
Deine Tutorials haben mir wirklich sehr geholfen ([link]) :meow: Vielen Dank!
candybeyatch Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
u make it look easy!
pointfrost Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Perfect HOW TO!!! Not working with mouse. Have to buy a tablet.
shoora Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
great tutorial ......thanks
adienes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
u just helped another person.
grantbraz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Hey there,

Thanks for the great Tutorial.
I have never painted in photoshop before. You made it where I could :)

I used it here. [link]

Blackrabbit-Leeyan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
what brushes do you use for the skin? i wish u can detail them im so fascinated with the outcome :hug:
sirasan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
i'm only using photoshop's standard circle brushes :)
The-Apparition Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am just learning to 'paint' with photoshop, (still deciding on a tablet or not)
This will be so much help to an old bored woman!!
thanks so much for putting it up here for us <3
DreamsDeleted Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wondefull thankyou :)
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