Man of steel digital painting tutorial. In this tutorial, I demonstrate my painting process in a video tutorial from basic blocking in paint to finish rough compostion painting of Man of Steel or Superman. This version of superman bases on the new movie Superman, Man of Steel directed by Zack Snyder’s and to be released in 2013

This tutorial is specially design for those of you who already know their way around Photoshop and familiar with digital painting process. It could also be good for beginners, but it will be very fast. This art instruction is suitable for those who aspire to have a career in concept art, comics, and illustration for video games and movies. This process I didn’t actaully start from line drawing, but blocking in mess shapes. Then I paint basic suggestive light and shadow in gray scale value. After I have all the basic information I need, I will paint over the whole image with color. Learn from professional concept artist Xia Taptara at

I just saw a jaw-dropping trailer that didn’t just prove director Zack Snyder was saving the best for last, but rocketed the film to the rank of most anticipated superman film in a long time. As even more evidence that the Superman story speaks to comic fans and the uninitiated alike, the approach taken by Snyder – just focus on the story, not the fans – seems to be paying off.

Here is a final speedpainting of Man of Steel.

Watch a video tutorial how to paint Man of Steel.

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Below are step by step painting process to help you understand along with the video tutorial.

man of steel digital painting tutorial

man of steel digital painting tutorial

At this stage, I start painting over gray scale with color.

man of steel photoshop painting tutorial

man of steel photoshop painting tutorial

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Man of steel digital painting tutorial

About The Author
- 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. Business Inquiry please e-mail me.


  • Egor

    Hey..Xia… Well, if you don’t mind. Could you make a tutorial of drawing Henry Cavill, please. I tried myself a lot of times, but it’s so disgusting. I don’t want to give up, but I’m out of options, I mean I can’t do anything…I wish I could draw him in PS, despite I still can’t understand how exactly you make all the edges so smooth…I wish I could draw at least a sketch…Well, thank you in advance)
    P.S. All of your lessons are awesome) You are an amazing artist)

  • Germaine

    Heya, I’ve recently found and watched your videos and they’re certainly awesome. I managed to pick up a few tricks thanks to you. I’ve been very comfortable drawing, shading and colouring via traditional medium for years now, and recently decided that I should step out of my comfort zone and try to master digital as well. I can’t say I’m very good at this, but I’m hoping you could give me a few tips (if you don’t mind).

    I do have that tendency (as you mentioned in your video) to work too much on tiny tiny aspects of my digital art till everything looks weird and I waste so much time just trying to portray something simple. Any tips on how to optimize colouring time so I can practice on more pieces instead of spending weeks on a simple portrait?

    Also I would appreciate it if you could tell me what kind of brush presets you would recommend (in general) since I see noticed that you weren’t using the standard brush presets that come with photoshop. I’m using CS4 by the way.

    Thanks so much for your time. I hope I can paint digitally like you do someday soon ^^


  • Xia Taptara

    Thx buddy but they are not, FAR from it. There are always room to improve and many mistake, but I do get the point across. I have some around here.
    But honestly I do not see any different since I always paint over the line drawn. I am not interested in keeping the line art. It’s more comics style than painters or concept art.

  • S.Leger

    You’re Videos are always perfect.I would like to know if you could make a turotial for those that are drawing first on paper and put it to photoshop just for coloring how you would proceed.thanks

  • Xia Taptara

    Hey Mr. Conner Buddy,

    Ah, I don’t really know what to say. Do you realize I have over 300 videos and some of them have all the layers shown? Maybe you should take some time and go investigate?
    FYI: Layers or effect or fancy is NOT the key, they are just tools to speed up your process. Understanding correct drawing or shapes, value and edges. Those three elements are the KEY KEY KEY to all painting method. The rest of technique in PS are just tools to make it easier and faster on your workflow that could not be achieve in traditional painting.

    Good luck buddy,

  • Xia Taptara

    Hi buddy, it is Photoshop or you can use gimp with Wacom tablet. Did you read the post or check the left column of the blog? I am pretty sure I said something about it there.

  • Tom connor

    Your tutorials are certainly worth watching and yet frustratingly incomplete. I would like to see your layers window as you work. This would go to the heart of the process of painting in PHOTOSHOP specifically-that’s the key.


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