4 – Detailing: Eyes, Nose & Mouth
Gradually, I begin to fill in the details, starting from the most
important – the eyes, mouth and nose. Then it is a good time to
stop, take a fresh look, and return to key areas and correct mistakes.
In this case, it just wasn't my day and I couldn't manage to convey
that mood which I envisioned. Something went wrong, because I lost
the expression of her face. I understood that the mistake was most
likely a mistake in the lips which altered the look completely.
My solution was to simply take a break and come back to it. Then
I could make the necessary adjustments.
Step 5 – Detailing:
Hair, Clothes & Face
At last I managed to capture the mood I wanted by correcting the
nose and lips and tweaking the eyelids. To me, however, the feel
of the image had fundamentally changed from what I had in the beginning.
From this point, I draw the hair, neck and clothing literally
in one breath. When drawing in hair, the main thing to remember
is not try and trace each hair! To begin, it is necessary to define
the total mass of hair and then use light and a shadow to divide
it into highlights and separate strands. This way, drawing hair
doesn't cause any problems.
I painted in the hair and clothes and added more touches to the
When doing the final touches on a face, don't forget about the
shadows which hair projects on the person. To make the model to
look more alive, add pink shades in area of cheekbones. Illuminate
the lobes of the ears and nostrils, even if in real life at the
given light conditions they do not appear very well defined. Never
leave out the patches of light on a nose either, because the light
patches will raise it from the face.
Initially I wanted to paint the clothes in more contrasting tones,
but as I worked I decided to subdue all the bottom part of a picture
in shadow and folds to highlight the central facial features because
the clothes were less important.
Step 6 – Touchups
to Ears & Eyes
I consider the work practically finished at this point and don't
want to overdo it.
Here I made slight corrections to the eyes and ear according to
wishes of my model which I myself didn't notice.
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Words by Arseny Gutov
Edited by Lisa Thurston
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