Maaaan, I'm sick again ;_; sooo, why not post the WIPs of that Dean pick I did?
Alright, obviously I'm not the best artist out there--nor do I believe I have anything new to offer to the tutorial community, buuuut.... whatevs! Someone here might be curious on how I did this XD
Stage 1: Really shitty lineart! I really should spend more time on this--but I usually just scribble out something because I'm always excited to paint. (I usually do three layers of this--one is basic shapes, the second is to get the "essence" of what I want, the third is just to do the details)
Stage 2: Flats! I could care less about the colors at this point, I'm just trying to block in the picture. Then I make a "Mask" layer over the top of it (in photoshop) so I can't color outside what I've put down.
Stage 3: Whoo! Starting to paint! I start by shading, and it's always weird and messy looking. I then add a bit of color, and lastly start to do some highlights.
Stage 4: Time to start some detail! After smudging all those colors together (using the eyedropper tool and a soft brush in photoshop), I then start to add pores and textures to the skin... usually with whatever brush I fancy. I'm seriously not very good at this part yet, but heck, I try!
Stage 5: HAAAAIR! His scruff first, then eyebrows, then eyelashes--each strand done individually, usually, with a hard brush with, like, and 80% opacity. The hair on top of his head I'm a bit more chill with.. I just start dark and add highlights as a I go on.
Stage 6&7: Leatherrrr!! I started off doing the textures (I use basically the same brushes as I did with the skin), then move on to shadows, and finally to highlights.It takes a lot of patience! Details like the buttons and patch I did very last.
Stage 8: Finished! I made a background using some of his skin tones and highlights, then tweaked the picture's colors by using an orange and blue gradient set to overlay.
Hopefully this was somewhat useful, guys! I'll probably end up scrapping this XD