In this post, I will show you step by step on how I can turn a basic portrait into an illustration. This is a second part of the previous tutorial, how to draw portrait with charcoal. Art illustration draw step by step online. This post is pretty much continue from the previous posted Portrait study turns into quick illustration. In these steps, I just start assigning colors onto the existing values then slow paint them over the sketch as I see fits without changing much of the values.
Then I added or changed the hand that holds an apple, and the other hand to hold an ear-bud. Then I thought it would modernize the piece and it will be a nice contrast to the lithograph painting style I am trying to accomplish.
Then I slightly change some values on her face and her hair and the surrounding area because I thought it was a little too dark comparative to the environment.
I just have to look at the over all image and see it that would fit.
On the final stage, I decided to do the outline to emphasis the old school lithograph style to finish it off. Just hoping it will work out.
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Here is final illustration of girl in Eden garden.
Below are step by step how to paint over the existing portrait drawing. Step one, I continue from an existing portrait and paint her coat on her upper body with black. Step two, I draw a rough shape for her right arm and snake shape on the upper right corner. Step three, then I introduce color onto the black and white drawing. Also I decided to have her left arm up holding an apple and put her right arm down. Step four, I paint an apple red, paint over the snake, and add more lighting on her face. Step five, I decide to make this image more modern by adding an ipod ear phones, paint her right arm in a new direction holding one of the ear plug, and add more lighting to the snake. Step six, in the final stage, I clean up and tighten the image by simplifying the area of interest.
Here is a close up on a portrait of Eve.