This is a redo of the tips from the old fm4 forums,hope maybe it will help someone out there
Painting a face tips
Below you will see a set of photo’s which im hoping may help some of you when it comes to painting a face,This time I’ve chosen a black and white portrait with fairly simple eyes and hair,If your wanting to start painting realistic type faces I would suggest doing a black and white image first as its a little easier to get it realistic.
Slightly different method, this time im making a simple line drawing to get the features and face shape,As I progress with the image I will remove the lines when I dont need them,72 layers at this stage
av1 by me monkey 8 me, on Flickr
Filled in where the hair is using the thicker gradient circle,Decided to do this before face because It would effect how dark light face is.
Added shading to make nose,used lighter gradient circle,163 layers at this stage
Added eyebrows used lighter gradient circle,189 layers at this stage
Used lighter gradient circle to darken areas around eyes,202 layers at this stage
More work on the eye,the blue bits of the eye are two strong gradient circles on top of each other instead of a solid circle because I wanted the edges to be a little soft,238 layers at this stage.
av9 by me monkey 8 me, on Flickr
Painted mouth used strong gradient circle for edges and light gradient circle for highlights,436 layers at this stage
Painting the hair,This image is a nice one to practice hair as its fairly simple,Hair is one of those things thats imposible to paint exact,you’d run out of layers fast,So instead of creating the exact hair try to create the basic look and feel of the hair in your image.
This method I use alot,Instead of painting the highlighted hair strands individually, highlight underneath with gradient circles then paint dark hair over the top.So i’ve painted my highlights using light gradient circle,474 layers at this stage
av17 by me monkey 8 me, on Flickr
Now paint over the highlights with the straight hair shape using the same colour as your background hair,In this case black,476 layers at this stage.
One last thing I do with all paints is to stick them on a side of a vehicle and see what they look like as paints often look darker when they are on side of a car compared to the create vinyl group section.Also made a fairly simple logo to make design
az24 by me monkey 8 me, on Flickr
and with black and white eyes
simple face construction
I’ve chosen this particular image because I think its the type of image which is a real good starter if you want to start painting faces,It has lots of contrast between dark and light and fairly simple features.
The process here really was to show someone the sort of layers used and how a grid can be used to set your proportions,Getting the positions of your features,eyes,mouth nose etc is vital if your trying to create a realistic image of someone,Using a grid is a simple and easy way to help you.
First thing I did was find my source image then apply a square grid over the top,No need for fancy programs, I managed to place a grid just using the simple paint program that comes with most PC,Now I have my image with grid on it I made myself a grid in the forza editor,By making your own grid and not using the grid in game you can group everything and move it around,zoom in to your liking.
What most people tend to do is paint a lined drawing of the image using the grid then remove the grid to paint the image,Here instead I’ve just painted the image using the grid without drawing in the feature first.
Basic outline of face,Depending on how harsh you want your outline I would either use solid shapes or in this case I used the stronger of the two gradient circles because I wanted a slightly blurry edge.
1fsfvrevref by me monkey 8 me, on Flickr
positioned the mouth,Most of the time lips aren’t straight red in colour,they should have colour removed and sometimes more towards orange,play with the bars to match colour.
1fmkrmrk by me monkey 8 me, on Flickr
Filled in mouth,Added some highlighting,Most of the time important to not use straight white for highlighting,on the lips for example the highlights most of the time will be a light pink.
added more highlighting on face using gradient circles important again not to use white to make it lighter,the gradient circle should have colour
At this point I have removed my grid because it has little use,If you wanted to keep it at this stage but get it out the way just stick it in the background in case you want it again.
At this point i am unable to tell which photo should be next in the sequence (sorry)
Finished product, 597 layers and took around 2 and a half hours
Hope this has maybe helped someone,If it has I will do my best to come up with something more.