This is an artwork I did in 2012 where I try to paint over my 3D render of a bus stop so it look like a 2D painting. A lot of steps in this walkthrough is outdated, but I have include links to my newer tutorial.
Heads up! I suffer from partial colorblindness and never went to any art school. Technique and theory in this tutorial might not be correct. This is also not an in-depth step by step tutorial and it is meant for people that have some knowledge on Photoshop.
SkyStart painting the sky with a soft round edge brush or use the gradient tool. You can also reference a few photo for sky colors if you can't decide what color to use.
CloudsNot the best clouds, but a quick way to paint clouds with default photoshop brush.
- Use the chalk brush for both brush mode and eraser mode.
- Paint the contour of the clouds with this chalk brush and erase part of the clouds when needed. Scale up or down your brush while painting, to give it a more random feel.
- Shade the highlights of the clouds after locking layer transparency.
More Tutorial! You can read my updated tutorials on anime cloud painting and look at the brush settings for painting anime cloud.
Trees, BushesNot the best tree painting too, but a quick way to paint tree with default photoshop brush.
- Use the chalk brush. Enable "shape dynamic" and "scattering" option. Start painting the contour of the bushes
- Paint the brighter part with the same scattering chalk brush.
- Use the hard round edge brush. Enable "shape dynamic" and "scattering" option. Start painting the brightest leaves.
One more extra step which you can add to your tree/bush painting is adding a bit of blue / cyan colors to the shadow area.
- Default trees from last step.
- Add a new layer, start painting the shadow area.
- You can also try changing the layer blend mode to "multiply" or "screen".
- If you are using "multiply" mode, most likely you will end up very dark shadow without any blue. So choose bright saturated blue for painting when using "multiply".
- If you are using "screen" mode, it will result in a brighter color. Just play around with layer opacity, and different shades of blue to get a desire result.
More Tutorial! You can read my updated tutorials on anime tree painting or watch a timelapse video of me painting anime tree.
FogSome time we can just use "normal" blend mode, like what I did here for the distance fog. Just remember to paint it in another layer so it is easier to change if you make a mistake.
Sunlight, Glow, GlareOne way to add atmospheric effect is adding glow or glare from light source.
- Add a new layer, use a soft edge round brush to start painting orange/red color where you think it should be(sun direction).
- Change the layer blend mode to "screen" or "linear dodge/add". Use a darker color if it is too bright.
The characterNothing much about painting the character. But I seperate the color and shading layers so it is easier to make changes. I also use different shades and color for the shadow.
ArtworkThis is the finish artwork I did in 2012.
I reuse the same model in 2014 for another painting