Elvis Costello Progress (#4)

In this step I almost finished up the jacket and shirt then started to lay in the colors for the skin. I'll usually do a hand or other element that isn't the face to figure out my skin tones and color pallet.

Once I have that done I then can color pick and do the rest of the skin. I try to use a nice complementary pallet to flow well with the background.

Next time we finish this piece up.... see you then.

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Elvis Costello Progress (#3)

What's going on everyone?! Sorry its been a while since I uploaded a post. The whole family was sick and I was out of commission for a week or so.

In this step of the Costello I added the background to start to see what colors and values I wanted to add to the body.  Then I laid in most of the solid black for the piece. Next..... we start colors!

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Elvis Costello Progress (#2)

Been away for a bit, I know. But I have been jamming on a few new pieces and went on a little vacation. So here are the finished pencils and my first step in the painting. I take the pencils and set them to multiply, then move them to the top of my layers. Then I'll drop in my background color.

More often than not its a darker tone as I find it easier to see the lights and shadows that way. I'll then select the background color set my brush to multiply and start dropping in the shadows. Once I have the majority of the shadows in the clothes and another elements that will have much of the background showing through I move to skin.

I grab what ever my base skin tone is for the piece and basically fill in all the skin with that color over the background color with my brush back to normal. Then I grab a basic shadow color, not too concerned with that really because it will all be painted over, this just lays out a map of sorts for the actual painting. I then make a new layer, set it to soft light, select white, and start to drop in the lighter flesh tones.

Once that's all done I can move on to the actual painting (when it gets fun). Tune in next time for some of the fun stuff!

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Elvis Costello Caricature

 Ok so here we go, gonna try to do a good progress this time. I'm really feeling this piece so I'm taking the pencils a lot further than usual. I tend to do pretty finished pencils anyways but not to this degree. I'm just really having fun with the shapes and angles on this one so I don't mind taking it to a more finished look. It's coming along pretty fast this time, I'm not finding the struggle I had with the Cash on this one. I got fed up with the pencils not looking right on the cash and got rid of the face completely. I then went straight to paint and kinda sculpted it in, instead of relying on the pencils. I don't usually do that but for that piece it worked. On this one the pencils will be a great guide and I should fly through the painting. Stay tuned for more updates and as always keep drawing.
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