On Friday, I shared a new paper doll. Akinyi, the first of four (or more!!) mix and match paper dolls. This doll is a bit different because I colored it on a Surface with Photoshop in stead of creating it point-by-point in Illustrator.
This post is a bit of a walkthrough, not a true tutorial, but I think it might still be useful! Here goes...
I wrote a little bit more about it here.
I used a simplified version of this tutorial. Basically, I painted a base tone, and added two lighter tones, then blended them with the blur tool (which is different than the blur filter).
I painted the base colors with a hard brush. With the hair, I applied a simple gradient (again, as a layer style) to give it some depth.
And then I added shadows. Again, using a dark brown, I added in shadows. If this was *actual* paint, I'd have used a dry brush dabbing technique. That's pretty much what I did here, just one digital blob at a time. Photoshop has a number of natural media brushes built-in to its current version and that's what I used here.
And that's pretty much it. I used the same techniques to color the outfit: paint in a base, add patterns with a layer style, added shadows, and maybe highlights as needed. I used four brushes to do this: a thin, hard brush for the outlines, a larger hard brush for filling in base colors, then a large, soft brush for blush, shadows,m etc, and one specialty natural brush for the hair.
The technique isn't hard, it's just time consuming. But worth it!