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Making Of 'What a Shame'

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I also changed the dress to give a variance in colour. At first I had my heart set on a white dress but the beautiful plum colour really caught my attention against the natural colour palette and I was unable to part with it!

To me, the face and expression are extremely important to the overall look and impression of an image, and so I devote a lot of extra time and care to creating and detailing faces. For this image, I chose to give the character beautiful wide eyes, each a different colour - one a sky blue, the other a mossy green. I felt this would add to the uniqueness of her character and perhaps symbolize how their are two sides to her personality. For the expression, I attempted to give her a look of guilt, mixed with callousness and fear. I painted in the face detail with a custom textured round brush set to low opacity (around 10% or less)(Fig.03).

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Fig. 03

For help with the dress, I took two regular sleeping pillows and stuffed them into one of my old skirts, giving the skirt shape and the illusion of legs folded underneath. I set up an area in my workspace on the floor and used the skirt dummy as study reference for the dress form and folds. I shaded the skirt in hues ranging from light desaturated pink to a lavender-gray, lightly mixing in colours from the background in different areas to bring things together (Fig.04).

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Fig. 04


I'm very fond of creating different custom brushes, both for beautiful texture and to speed up workflow. For the lace, I created a custom brush resembling a swirly lace-like pattern and use it as a stamp around the edges of the dress, rotating it to conform to the angle of the dress hem (Fig.03).

Now that the image was nearing completion, I took the opportunity to add in more details. Using a small round brush, I painted in details of a tattoo on her right forearm and the various types of jewellery. For the beads, I set a regular hard round brush's spacing to 100% to create a bead-like line brush. I dragged it across her left hand and forearm dropping low occasionally to create a loose draping effect (Fig.05).

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Fig. 05





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Paul on Wed, 10 September 2014 10:17pm
I like your detail, subject and color choices. Thanks for well descriptive lesson with Photoshop.
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Peter on Sat, 07 April 2012 11:41pm
Wonderful tutorial; never knew that photoshop is capable of producing such fantastic painting, but tools are worthless without skilled workmen. Well done Sara!!!
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