Sketch

Using my Wacom Cintiq tablet and Adobe Photoshop I create a basic sketch in red from a reference image.

Sketch

Initial sketch in photoshop, from reference.

Basic Colors

Using a combination of hard and soft photoshop brushes I begin to lay down some basic colors following the planes of the face. I also start the painting process by beginning to blend the colors.

Basic Colors

I start laying down some flats according to the planes of the face and start the painting process.

Finished Image

I've finished blending my basic colors together and adding some middle shades to the image. I also add some hard lines in places using an inking brush. I add a simple background and a signature.

Finished Piece

The final painted image. I blended the initial colors, added some middle tones, and used a lining brush for some details.