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Painting in Photoshop – Pinup Video Series

In this video series you’ll be using Photoshop to learn how to color your drawings with Marvel Comic Book colorist Giovani Kososki.

You will be taken right through the entire process from start to finish using one main technique that once you have learned you can use it over and over again to paint anything that you like.

What You Will Learn

  • How to Setup Your Photoshop Files for Best Results, Right From the Start
  • How to Paint Skin Tones
  • How to Paint Hair
  • Painting Clothing
  • How to Easily Color your Line Work
  • Painting a Background Scene for Your Character
  • Adding Lighting to Your Painting

This lesson series picks up where the Sailor Pinup Drawing Lesson left off. So, if you are looking for a way to take your drawing from black and white to full color this is an excellent place to start, even if you are new to Photoshop.

Painting a Pin Up | 01 | Setting UpAdvanced0:08:5110-18-2011
Painting a Pin Up | 02 | Skin ColoringAdvanced0:08:5210-18-2011
Painting a Pin Up | 03 | Light ValuesAdvanced0:08:0410-18-2011
Painting a Pin Up | 04 | Tonal ValuesAdvanced0:08:4110-18-2011
Painting a Pin Up | 05 | Color PassAdvanced0:05:2610-18-2011
Painting a Pin Up | 06 | Creating the BackgroundAdvanced0:05:0610-18-2011
Painting a Pin Up | 07 | Final Details and LightingAdvanced0:07:0510-18-2011

9 Responses to “Painting a Pin Up | 07 | Final Details and Lighting”

  1. Judith says:

    I have been using the ipad applications such as Brushes etc. for my attempts at creating digital art.

    I am interested in your Photoshop colouring. Can I ask whether I should buy Photoshop to take your classes and precisely which Photoshop I should buy?

    Thanks for your help.

    Regards, J

    • Tim says:

      Hi Judith, I think starting with the brushes application is a terrific place to begin. Although photoshop is an awesome tool, The brushes app should give you almost everything that you need as well. The main focus right now should be on the art fundamentals called and not the software. So try brushes right now, and see if that future purposes. If not give a try, It is free. And if you like that, then You can consider photoshop after that.

  2. Al says:

    I would love to learn to draw but I don’t have photoshop, is there any other program you can use?

    I hope you can help



  3. Mitch says:

    Hi Al,

    I’ve been having great results using GIMP. Works on both Mac and PC, and it’s totally free. It took a little bit to get up and working with it, but once I was familiar with the tools, it can do pretty much everything that Photoshop can when it comes to painting.

    Here’s a lesson we did covering how to do painting in Gimp: How to Paint a Zombie with Gimp

  4. nancybabb says:

    OK, sorry, but I’m not PS savvy enough to “add a gradient layer pink to white” ??? is there another video to watch where that is explained with more than one sentence? TIA

    • Mitch says:

      Hi Tia,
      You will need to make a new layer, and then use the gradient tool. Before you use the gradient you need to set your colors – one to pink and one to white and then when you use your gradient tool it will naturally blend between the two colors. Cheers! Mitch

  5. KellyCovert says:

    Hi there

    I watched this video and then attempted to do the same steps in Photoshop Elements, however its quite a bit different. Would you be able to tell me how to do the same beginning steps (The masking ect.) in Elements?

    • Tim says:

      Hi Kelly,

      It’s great to see that you are working on skills you picked up from this series. To adapt to individual programs would be quite difficult though as there are so many different applications to translate into. The reason Photoshop was used was because it is an industry standard as well as being the most widely used graphics software. I will certainly look at expanding into other applications in the future though. Thank you for the suggestion. I am happy to see that you learned so much already.

  6. Ladislas says:

    Awesome Tuto again, i really enjoyed both of the process ( 1st part with the Laurie B. drawing and the 2nd one with Giovani K. for the color). The only thing i would say , just as a remark is that i noticed that between each videos Giovani, added some stuff that we cannot see on the video ( it’s not important, the main technic is there but on my first attempt i didn’t noticed it at the beginning and i ended with a strange illustration , some parts were good looking and some others were awful …

    I really enjoyed the tips dealing with the line art . The way the artist separate the main form and the line art. It’s very useful to have these types of tricks when you trying to improve yourself. I think it just gave me a new approach to give colors to my artworks…
    More illustration from scratch to finish ! we love this !

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