Happy holidays everyone! It’s the first day of my holidays, and fortunately all my shopping is done. It’s been snowing a bit here, and apparently, record temperatures, but nowhere near as bad as say, Halifax or something, where the temperatures fall below -40c. Now THAT’S crazy cold!
This festive season is when most of my friends have gone back home to visit their families. This of course, makes a boring holiday season for me. But what better time than to put some effort into improving my art, and playing Valkyria Chronicles!
I’m fortunate that most of my family is local, so I don’t have to travel long distances to celebrate Christmas with them.
In case you’re wondering, no I didn’t get a special variant Loligoth Asuka figure. I am a photoshop artist after all. More on that after the jump!
Tada! The original, untainted, spontaneously taken photo of Asuka.
I started by painting (yes painting) a layer of red over top the black sections, and set the layer to Color. I then adjust the opacity and brightness of the red to get a tone that looked more natural and realistic.
Because the black absorbs a lot of light, the clothing looked a little dull. When it has color, it should reflect more light. I wanted more shine, so I started a new layer and with a slightly off-white color, painted highlights on the specular areas and set the layer to Color Dodge.
Because the dress is no longer black, red color should be reflected onto the white frill of the dress. This is called radiosity. Here you can see me faking that radiosity with a soft airbrush set on color dodge. In this close up, you can also see how close to the edge the red was painted. I’ve discovered that painting is more accurate than using the marquee tools.
What’s Christmas without a Santa hat? This is the first santa hat (and probably most popular) you get when you do a google image search.
The hat is then color and tone adjusted to fit into the scene, shadows are painted underneath and around the hat to blend it in more. It’s not perfect, but it gets the point across. Finally, a lens blur effect is added for the final image.
Less than five more days until Christmas! I wish you all a safe and happy holiday, and may you get the PVC girl you want under your christmas tree!