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Making of 'Funfair'

By Daniela Uhlig
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Date Added: 9th December 2009
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I like my pictures to describe funny or strange situations, such as in my picture, 'Funfair'. The idea of the funfair came about when I was sitting in the park on one of my lunch breaks. A friend and I were eating ice-cream when a small insect landed on hers... Her face instantly turned into a funny grimace and I just had to hold on to that facial expression by drawing it!

Step 1

As a starting size, I used around about a 3000x3000 pixel canvas, at 300dpi. First I drew the sketch in Photoshop using a small, pressure-sensitive paintbrush (Fig01). The background and the sketch both have their own layers. I then set up the basic colours that I thought I would possibly use for the sketch (Fig02). I always try to use very loud colours in order to enhance the surreal situations that you find in my pictures.

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Fig. 01
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Fig. 02

Step 2

I created a layer behind the sketch layer and filled it roughly with my chosen basic colours (Fig03). The lighting and shading were set up with the chosen basic colours, again using a new layer (Fig04).

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Fig. 03
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Fig. 04

For this piece I chose a daylight situation, in order for a summery, sunny ambiance to be achieved. I used a hard, round brush; to get a smooth transition between the colours, the settings Other Dynamics and Pen Pressure were used (Fig05).

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Fig. 05

Step 3

At this point I had the basic frame upon which I could then start adding all the details...

By creating a new layer I made sure that the sketch layer would still be there. On the new layer I just started drawing over the sketch lines - ignoring them completely. I started with the face because this is the main point of focus.

Having created a general idea of the face, I was then able to work on the details such as the nose, mouth, eyes, teeth, and of course - very important for my nasty red-headed teenage girl - some freckles, using the same settings as before but working more precisely this time. For the detailed parts, for example the lashes or other fine lines, you can use the helpful setting: Shape Dynamics (Fig06 - 08).

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Fig. 06
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Fig. 07

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Fig. 08

The hard brush gives us a nice painterly character, unlike when using Airbrush, as this feature always looks a little cleaner. After finishing up her face I then started working on the rest...The next step was the hair. Earlier on I set up the basic colours; one of which was chosen for her hair colour. I enhanced the lighter and darker shades of red in her hair using single wisps. I didn't want my character to look all prim and boring, and so for this reason I painted single wisps sticking out of the hair. This way her hair looks less combed and more out of order, which also gives her a cheeky look. The more luminous spots you apply to the hair, the more it will shine and the silkier it will look. This time I didn't want to use effects like that because I wanted the hair to look a bit shaggier, for the reasons I mentioned before (Fig09).

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Fig. 09

Moving on to detail the frog, I painted bright yellow coloured spots where the light was to be hitting his body. This way the frog looks all wet and slippery, and you also get that typical pimply skin effect that frogs have (Fig10).

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Fig. 10


After that I worked on the ice-cream cone. To get a characteristic ice-cream surface, the line management had to be more inaccurate and I finished up with the Unsharpen filter (Fig11; see Fig12) for the general progress). Looking at a real ice-cream cone would also help!

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Fig. 11

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Fig. 12

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(ID: 183178, pid: 0) Shakir on Sat, 23 February 2013 5:53pm
This drawing is so beautiful...
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(ID: 178566, pid: 0) Kelday on Sun, 27 January 2013 9:49am
I have followed this tutorial and have recently bought the book Digital Painting Technigues which has this same tutorial in it. I would of liked a bit more tutoring on step by step shading to get a much better result particularly in the book version. I am a self taught artist and need all the help I can get but I do appreciate the fantastic start you have shown me so far. Do you have a more detailed tutorial for this image? I am very keen to learn in more detail. Your image is awesome and thank you for posting and publishing this image for us to learn. : )
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(ID: 176621, pid: 0) Salmon on Tue, 15 January 2013 4:36pm
Did you use the mouse or a drawing tablet?
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(ID: 176132, pid: 0) Katie on Sat, 12 January 2013 5:02pm
Literally, how long does it take to complete the whole drawing? :/ I don't have so much of patience. Bah.
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(ID: 143523, pid: 0) Noran on Sat, 25 August 2012 11:38am
Wow, youre really good! I mean I'm just starting but you are a professional!!
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(ID: 112157, pid: 0) Ris Red on Sat, 28 April 2012 11:00am
Amazing Thank You!!!!
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(ID: 112056, pid: 0) Yu on Fri, 27 April 2012 9:41pm
OMG this is AWESOME!
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(ID: 75295, pid: 0) Aaron on Tue, 03 January 2012 5:43am
Oh my gawd
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