I just finished a colour study, which started out as a value study, and I decided to track my progress. After I rendered the image in greyscale I put colour on top of it because there are some artists that use this technique and I’ve always wanted to try it out. It’s a good way to keep your values consistent without having to worry about muddying your colours or painting the wrong values in a piece.

As you can see in the image it starts with a sketch and then I lay down the values quickly. After that I start to refine the features in step 3 and 4. Step 5 has been pretty well polished but I noticed that it doesn’t really look like my reference. So, I start to refine it more until it does.

At Step 7 I’m pleased with how it looks, and all the values are correct, so I begin to add colour and adjust the layers as needed. Eventually I paint over everything, adding more detail and then finalizing it.

The brushes I’ve used were from ImagineFX and DeviantArt and this was completed all in Photoshop.

For the finished image, you can see it on my website.


Value Study

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