It is a bunch of layers set to multiply, overlay, soft light and color mode. Depending on the painting it takes different approaches so just experiment until it looks right and paint over it afterwards to get rid of greyish/desaturated looking parts.
bunch of layers and usually quite a bit of experimentation. I usually start with a layer set to either color or overlay and end up having up to 15 different layers. Also I do background and foreground colors individually
Yes, I use a collection of Overlay, multiply, Color and Hue layers to get the initial colors going (often I mix adjustment layers inbetween and use gradients to quickly adjust the overall lighting). The setup changes every time though. It is different with each painting so it is best to just experiment with the settings.
First I need to create more illustrations of this quality. I usually don´t get hired to do those (lately its been a lot motion design and graphic design stuff and it doesn´t look like that will change anytime soon) and my free time is pretty much nonexistant. :/ But when I find time I will post another process shot for sure.
Nah, just a lot of life drawing. The posture is pretty stiff with almost 0 foreshortening so there is not much to mess up in terms of anathomy. Also I´m more used to paint and draw male figures so it is safe zone. I always use refs for complicated things or women. ^^ I looked at some fotos of hip quivers though.
Yeah, I know what you mean. On one hand it is very technical and you need to know all the layer settings, how they mix and how to work with them; then there is the experimental part, since no painting is the same; and then there is also the "creatively using color" part wich is the hardest for me. I know my PS in and out as a teacher and graphics designer but it is friggin difficult for me to work with colors, no matter the program. It takes ages to develop a good feeling for all the nuances and the overall palettes. It gets better...kinda, but often I am still struggling because working from greyscale to color might give you an advantage when it comes to light/shading but there will always be a bit of unpredictability on how the colors will turn out in the end. Many paintings have some sort of greyish taint to them because of that. :/ But sooner or later you get used to it. Today I find the initial grayscale more challenging because the design need to be nailed down and it generally needs to work and I need to like it throughout the rest of the process. Boredom kills discipline. And I´m writing too much, sorry. ^^°
I find that it helps to develop your color palette right off. When you're converting to color, you overlay the more highlight colors. Then I duplicate the shadow layer and overlay it with a warmer shaadow color, play with the opacities and blending modes until I get something that doesn't look all weird and desaturated. It does take practice though.
Sometimes I go to add colour and I'm like "woah. That's not what I wanted at all." and it takes a bunch of work. Sometimes it just flows seamlessly. Anyway, thanks for your reply! It was lovely and long.
Yeah, also Mik Daarken Lim has a tutorial on youtube in wich he provides an in depth look on how he work from grayscale to color. I forgot how it was called but he generally works from greyscale to colors so all his youtube videos are worth checking out.