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.
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.
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.