My latest course on shading explains how to create realistic lighting using Photoshop. The beautiful part is that the information taught in the course applies to any subject and any medium. The shading techniques course is more than a slick demo or a Photoshop tutorial. It’s core, fundamental principles and concepts of realistic light and shadow.
In this article, I’ll demonstrate how to apply shading techniques to a portrait. See video below for a portrait shading demonstration from a recent ‘Draw With Chris’ Livestream. Photoshop is the medium used in the video. Oil paint is used in the demo for the text version below.
For complete, step by step breakdown, read on…
Portrait Shading Process
STEP 1: Smart observation
The first step is to make careful observation of the subject. In this case we have a female model with beautiful high contrast lighting. This lighting is the best for practicing shading, rendering and edge control. For more on lighting models and choosing reference, see this article on good lighting and choosing good reference.
This image is perfect for studying and practicing shadow because of the beautiful high contrast light. The shadows are nice and dark and clearly defined.
I’m proud to present this new and exciting course. Shading Techniques in Photoshop is simply the BEST course available on shading and rendering in Photoshop. Students will learn how to shade and render their drawings using professional level techniques and strategies. Students will be guided through the shading process step by step by an expe
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I want to thank the folks at ImagineFX Magazine for the opportunity to write for their very popular magazine. I am featured in the 10 straight issues, Issue 102 – 111, December 2013 – August 2014. I had a lot of fun writing for them and sharing some great information on traditional drawing and painting. […]
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Part 2 of my figure drawing series for Imagine FX Magazine. This article is about rendering/shading the figure from life. I’m happy with how it turned out and the information is pretty powerful. Click here to order online.
I’ve authored a new, 6 part series on figure drawing that will appear in Imagine FX magazine. The first article in the series begins with gesture, which is the foundation of my figure drawing philosophy. The Decemeber 2013 issue is out now in selected stores. To order online, visit the publishers website: http://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk