How to paint Asian woman face portrait study

How to paint Asian woman face portrait study. Painting Asian woman portrait study. I just get this quick portrait study done this morning. First I thought I was going to do a quick 30 minutes warm up painting study, but then I got carried away. So I ended up spending a few hours on her. I mainly use just one brush (chalk brush from PS5). Then toward the end I want it to look more sketch and oil painting like so I spend a little more time playing around with custom brushes to get the edges I want.

This digital painting is a study of an Asian (Chinese) woman portrait. A lot of you asked me why I don’t paint that many Asian or African or Arabian portrait. Well, it is because we hardly have any model in life session who are Asian. I mostly paint from life and since I live in North West of USA, most of the models we have are of the European descents. It is also a lot easier for me to paint them because I paint a lot of them. As for Asian portrait, it is a bit difficult for me since I have not done a lot. And I have to find a good reference to practice it with. They are basically the same but some of the lighting that effect features are different. I notice that I had to paint a lot lighter and less contrast when I paint this one. The lighting are still basically hit on the same feature, except they are less contrast because the eyes’ sockets are shallower and cute little nose does not cast that much shadow. Also a lot has to do with little changes in shapes of feature (nose, eyes, eyebrows location, etc.), and most of them are very settle changes.

Anyway here is a portrait of an Asian lady.

Painting beautiful asian woman portrait

Painting beautiful asian woman portrait

Watch the fast video demo on how to draw an Asian girl’s face

Download an hour long full lesson go to Download Full version with narration here: painting Asian woman portrait

Below are step by step how to draw and paint Asian woman portrait.  Step 1, I start drawing an oval shape to construct a face.  Within the frame of the head I establish eyes, nose, and mouth location within.  If you want to know how to accurately place them go watch and follow the instruction at draw realistic face front view for in dept detail.  Step 2, after I roughly sketch the mark up for eyes, nose, and mouth.  Now I draw over the marked up spot.  Step 3, I begin to shade some value in on some area like on the side of the nose bridge, under the eyes’ sockets, and on the tip of the nose.

how to draw Asian girl

how to draw Asian girl

Step 4, I paint in medium gray value over her face or skin tone area.  Step 5, now I paint in the general basic skin tone color for her.  Step 6, then I assign basic value around her portrait.  For full

how to paint Asian girl

how to paint Asian girl

Painting beautiful asian woman portrait

Painting beautiful asian woman portrait

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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9 Responses to How to paint Asian woman face portrait study

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  2. Niccolina says:

    This is a very beautiful portrait, and I do believe you stayed true to the title of the tutorial and painted an Asian woman. Thank you for your tutorials, they are immensely helpful :)

  3. Xia Taptara says:

    That is not how I work. I rarely zoom in. The reason being, you will get caught in detail and forget what you were doing with the overall image. Get it? You can zoom in after the whole image is done, to clean it up.

  4. Xia Taptara says:

    You can do the same in Gimp and Sai. I use Photoshop.

    Focus on value when painting

    I use a few layers at the time then I merge them all. Focus on value (light and dark). Be honest and trust your eye because your brain will tell you otherwise. Draw what you see, not what you think the object should look like.


    Color read this:
    Using Overlay

    here is how to set it up

    3 rules of Painting

    Color vs Value
    Value Exercise

    How to improve your drawing 5 steps:

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    Look around on the right column of the blog, you should be able to find some key tips you can utilize.


  5. Jan Hubel says:


    I can do it in PaintTool Sai, and what the program is it ?

  6. Kevin says:

    hi, Xia;

    I have bought many of your tutorials and really enjoyed them. However, I
    wish you would zoom in a little more often. You have all these pixels
    to work with, but the action only occupies about 5% of the total at any
    given time! Just a suggestion… :)

  7. Hey, I love your tutorials they are very enlightening but I have a question: What brushes do you use?

  8. Miffy19972009 says:

    what brushes do you use? 😀

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