Figure Painting – Female High Angle

Posted on 2013/02/20 at 11:04 by daarken 25 Comments

In this video Daarken takes you through his process of painting a female figure from a high angle using a black and white photo ref. The video is sped up by 8x.

Hyper Angle books –
Software – Photoshop
Painting time – ~91 minutes
Resolution – 3000×4500 @ 300dpi
Brushes – Hard Round, Chalk, Soft Round

Note – Some people are probably wondering about the math involved regarding the time and speed of the painting. The painting took around 91 minutes, but this video is only 14 minutes long. The painting was sped up by 8x. How can that be? Well around 3 minutes of this video are in real-time, so only 11 minutes are sped up. 11×8=88 minutes plus the 3 or so filmed in real-time.

Figure Painting – Female High Angle from Daarken on Vimeo.

25 Comments on "Figure Painting – Female High Angle"

  1. mark1up · 2013/02/21 at 13:04 · Reply

    Great stuff as usual,really learning from these tutorials,thanks for sharing.I know your time is pretty limited with work an all but i would really like to see a new tutorial on your store :)I can really pick the bones out of them..any chance of one in the near future? pleeeeeeeeeease!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/02/23 at 09:52 · Reply

      Thanks! I’ll try to do a new one soon, but I’m not sure when that will be.

      • mark1up · 2013/03/01 at 23:51 · Reply

        Hey Daarken,i managed to pick up one of those hyper angle books..good stuff.Going to have a go at painting one of the poses and see how it goes.Anyhow i just watched this tutorial again for some hints before i do, and after watching it again you realise how easy you make it look!!!Being only a year into drawing/learning PS i think i will just try do mine in monochrome and see what happens.Cheers.

  2. Nahelus · 2013/02/22 at 19:32 · Reply

    Hi! Nice video Daarken, I was wondering if you are thinking about make some livestreams sometime, it would be nice!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/02/23 at 09:51 · Reply

      Not at this time, but maybe in the future.

  3. johnny · 2013/02/22 at 20:49 · Reply

    Hey Daarken, do you start of by applying the color withthe pen pressure turned off and then turn it on to blend?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/02/23 at 09:52 · Reply

      Nope, I usually just have pen pressure turned on the entire time.

  4. Citrin3 · 2013/02/25 at 13:44 · Reply

    Hey Daarken :)

    i was wondering i’m doing a life drawing “class” once a week

    it will last for 12 weeks and when it’s done i dunno when another one will appear where i live.

    so i was wondering if you have any advice to get the most out of it

    thanks in advance and keep on Rocking!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/02/26 at 09:22 · Reply

      Hmm, not really. Just go to class, do the work, and listen to the teacher. If this is a class with homework, then go above and beyond what the assignments call for.

      • Citrin3 · 2013/02/26 at 12:27 · Reply

        cool :) thanks for the quick reply, got a class tomorrow

        i’m a bit nervous tbh :P

  5. arcanus · 2013/02/26 at 07:55 · Reply

    Awesome tutorial, made it **look** so easy :) Really appreciate your time and effort into doing these. With your commentary, they help explain a lot. Thank you. Now, I’m back off to practice…..

  6. Charles · 2013/03/05 at 22:35 · Reply

    thanks daarken, great tutorial, really helps me understand the whole process of tackling the human form in a digital sense.

  7. johnny · 2013/03/08 at 08:30 · Reply

    How come my colors end up looking muddy when I’m painting skin tones?

  8. judy · 2013/04/09 at 00:59 · Reply

    one more time wonderful tutorial and really helpful daarken, thanks so much for sharing;)

  9. alessandro · 2013/04/14 at 03:40 · Reply

    when you start a new job, how you set the new document?
    you wrote 3000×4500 300dpi, but what color profile do you use?
    16-bit RGB color, Adobe RGB (1998) is a good approach?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/04/14 at 14:29 · Reply

      All of my documents are always 8-bit, which is the default. I use the sRGB color setting because that mode is supposed to be more universal across monitors so that you get less of a change when other people view it on their computer.

  10. alessandro · 2013/04/15 at 04:39 · Reply

    8bit? do not have a worse quality of color?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/04/15 at 21:26 · Reply

      8 bit is the default in Photoshop, so I honestly never changed it. I don’t really have any problems with color. From what I have read, printing usually has to be done in 8 bit.

  11. alessandro · 2013/04/17 at 01:10 · Reply

    I saw the photos of your workstation in the magazine “ImagineFX”.
    how do you keep everything so neat??? ;)

  12. john · 2013/05/08 at 22:22 · Reply

    Hey Daarken, when you want to lighten stuff in the background with aerial perspective do you quick mask the main subject and paint over thing, do you use hue saturation on the background, or is it some other technique?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/05/09 at 00:19 · Reply

      It depends on the situation. Sometimes I will use levels or sometimes I will use layer modes like soft light, linear dodge (add), or overlay.

  13. Jonathan · 2013/07/18 at 16:42 · Reply

    I love your work. Genius!

  14. Thyago · 2014/05/16 at 17:58 · Reply

    Hi, Daarken,

    First of all, thank you for your videos, it’s very useful. Well, do you use the two pressure functions all the time? Opacity and Flow jitter?

    Regards from Brazil.

  15. Austin · 2014/10/11 at 15:09 · Reply

    Hey Daarken,

    I’ve followed your tutorials for some time now. I’m a university student who didn’t have the opportunity to travel for proper illustration schooling, so you’ve served as a pseudo-mentor for my work. For that, I’d like to say thank you.

    As for my question, I was wondering whether you altered your drawing tablet’s sensitivity at all. Jumping from a handheld tablet to an Intuous is a huge leap in pressure range. Do you set the tablet’s sensitivity to soft to work around this, or do you just build up thicker strokes?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2014/10/13 at 08:21 · Reply

      I usually move the slider over one notch toward soft. I’m always really paranoid that I’ll scratch the surface of whatever I’m working on, so I usually set the sensitivity to a softer level so that I don’t have to press down as hard.

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