Keep up-to-date with Free tutorials!!


Sign up to our twice-monthly newsletter today for the latest tutorials, interviews and product information.

Sign me up to receive third-party emails from 3dtotal's partners, too!

- Latest news
- Exclusive Shop Offers
- Preview early content
- Plus much more


Not Ready to take that step? OK, Why not just Subscribe to the RSS Feed

submit tutorial
1 | 2
The making of ‘111’

| Your Rating:
rating star nonerating star nonerating star nonerating star nonerating star none
(Score 0 out of 5 after 0 Votes)
| Comments 1
Date Added: 14th September 2017
Software used:


Alejandro Arévalo demonstrates how he used the Photoshop Mixer brush to create a traditional style dark portrait.


In this tutorial I will show you how I created a dark portrait by emulating a traditional painting style and demonstrate how to give your work a dark twist and with a history.

Step 1: Play with brushmarks

It's a good practice to start a painting with shapes, brushmarks and silhouettes, it's like finding animals and things in the clouds, but in this case you can control the amount of mess you want to create with the brushes. You have to keep in mind that you aren't able make a masterpiece with the first brushmark; you probably will have to do a lot until you find one brushmark you like.

I recommend using a textured brush and different shades as this will improve the complexity of the piece.

Define a silhouette

Step 2: Sketch over the brush shape

Once you have the brushmark that you like, you will be able to draw on it, try not to make too many details in the drawing, since at this stage only need to know that you going to do with it.

First make sense of the chaos

Step 3: Sketch of the sketch

Now you know what you're going to do, but maybe the sketch you make on the base silhouette is not dynamic or is just a generic character, this step is crucial because it is the opportunity to think about your piece and add your personal touch and details. Try to clean your sketch at this stage as a mess of lines can obstruct the next steps in the process.

Refine the sketch

Step 4: Use references

Always is good have a reference of the real world, a skull for example is very complex, has a lot of details that go unnoticed and the color of the bones have beautiful shades that you can use to add realism.

Create a workspace that provides an area to view your photo references in the first stages of your work, as it will help you stay focused and evade continuously stopping your work to search for references on the internet.

Simulate realism

continued on next page >

1 | 2
Related Tutorials

Painting Fantasy Landscapes

by Feng Zhu
published on 2012-08-13

Keywords: fantasy, landscape, painting,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star full (12)
Comments 2 Views 61279

Making of Futuristic Batman

by Santiago Betancur
published on 2017-12-07

Keywords: Making of, Batman, Santiago Betancur, ZBrush, Photoshop,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star half (5)
Comments 0 Views 5059

Narrative tutorial: Rats on the Loose

by Gabriel Romero (Gaboleps)
published on 2017-08-25

Keywords: Narrative tutorial, Rat, Photoshop, 2D, Retro

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star full (5)
Comments 0 Views 4189

Channels Explained: Why Photoshop is Color Blind

by Joseph Mirabello
published on 2011-01-26

Keywords: photoshop, channels, color,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star full (1)
Comments 1 Views 22129
Readers Comments (Newest on Top)
Bhalchandra Kadam on Thu, 21 September 2017 2:49pm
I like your painting styles
Add Your Comment..