Making of Song Hye Kyo in 2D
by Brett David Gordon, USA Web: www.brettgordonart.com

song hye kyo in 2d

Hello Readers, I use a blue pencil to sketch out the basic shapes of the image. At this stage, I do not worry about how perfect the drawing is. I just want to quickly sketch out the subject with a light touch. The last thing I do is block in the areas of shadow. This step in the process shouldn't take more than 5-10 minutes. If it does, it it possible that you are trying to finish the painting before you even begin. Keep your stokes fluid and free. You can always paint over any stray lines later. 
sketch

I like to go really dark when applying color to the subject. A good combination of brick red, ochre, and white (lots of white) provides a good flesh color for my Korean subject, but remember that skin is very reflective. It also varies tremendously between the races. Asian skin has a beautiful porcelain, very slight yellowish tint to it. This is vastly different from caucasians, who have a more ruddy complexion. Latino and black skin is just as reflective as white, but more earthy colors are required to make darker skin, so experiment. Since my subject here is going to be surrounded by lots of green trees, I need to reflect this in her skin. Here I used a warm green. Always remember that skin consists of warm colors. Even the cool tones are "warm".
song hye kyo photoshop

EVERY painting an artist creates goes through the "ugly stage". Beginners may tend to become discouraged at this point, but keep at it. It is a normal - and important - transitional phase of a good painting. I have added some reds for the cheeks, chin, and neck, and made indications for her eyes and mouth. Although the subject has very dark brown eyes, I used a dark green as the base eye color. This helps later on when adding color to the eyes to create the browns. Also notice how the upper lip is typically darker than the lower lip because it's in the shade of the upper mouth and nose. The sketch still shows up through the painting, which is very useful to me as I want to maintain the shapes during the application of paint. Don't worry about the sketch lines, as these will all be covered by paint.

ugly stage

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