Next I started working on his skin texture and his earring. To make the dots on his skin, I used the Hard Round brush. I followed the reference image and placed the dots appropriately, painting them according to the size on the image. Those dots have got some light and shading as well; I minutely observed the dots in the image and followed their example. I used copy and paste and transformed these dots according to image (Fig.35).
While doing the earring, I used the Hard Round brush with a basic golden color, and after that I used dark and light shades as well as highlights. At this point the image was almost complete - it just needed a background (Fig.36).
To create the background I started with a new layer that I would then place under all the other layers. In this layer I wanted to use cool and dark colors on the background to maintain the focus of the portrait. So first I used a dark, blackish green color. After that I added some light tones on the lower side and some dark tones on the upper side. Here I wanted to keep some rough tonal effects so I did very little smudging (Fig.37).
After I'd created the background, I painted some extra lights, darker tones and some extra wrinkles on his neck by using the Burn tool. And here's the final image (Fig.38).
I'm happy with my final result. I hope you all like it and that this Making Of has been useful to read. If you have any queries, you can always contact me through my email or blog.
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