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Character portrayal

By Charlie Bowater
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Date Added: 30th March 2015
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Fabric

Fabric is something that I love to work on, which is quite obvious with the amount of dresses I paint! You can see from the first sketch I don't really bother to detail clothing all that much, I prefer to just paint it in. I tend to block in the colors and very crudely start to add in the folds of the fabric, just by adding in basic highlights (Fig.17 – 19).

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(Fig.17)


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(Fig.18)


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(Fig.19)

From there I refine in my usual manner, gradually working up details and more folds. I add a little stitching detail in places, and I also make the seams of the fabric a little rough around the edges. I don't want it to look too perfect. Again, if fabric is a sticking point, use references, your own clothes or have a look at stock.

Final touches

Things are coming together and are pretty much finished at this point. For some final touches, I add in some ruffles around her sleeves which tie in with the lace on her dress (Fig.20).

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(Fig.20)

You might also notice that the colors in the background are a little stronger. I've added in some warmer peachy tones on an overlay layer (Fig.21).

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(Fig.21)

There are also a few specs/orbs in the same color over the lower section of the dress which helps to tie it into the background.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and have fun painting your own characters (Fig.22).

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(Fig.22)

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