Creating a Painting

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Creating a Painting

By Melissa Gallo

Now that you have selected your reference image, created a value map, and learned how brushes and paper interact, it’s time to create your painting! In this tutorial, we’ll show you the basic steps, beginning with your reference image, value map, and a rough black and white sketch open in your workspace.

First, place a layout grid over your reference image to ensure that proper proportions and shapes are transferred onto your final canvas. Next, you will create a new document for your canvas, then use the Paper panel and Surface Texture settings to apply a texture to your canvas if you wish. Now add a new layer and create a refined sketch using the layout grid for guidance. Here you can decide how you want to emphasize the light and dark areas, and make sure the key elements in your painting are situated for maximum impact. Add your color on a  second new layer, starting with the darkest colors first and following your value map.

Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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