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Illustrating a Fantasy Pinup in Photoshop

by Kurt Jones

In this tutorial, we'll cover how you can start bringing your pinups to life. Software required: Photoshop CC 14.0.

What you'll learn

In this tutorial, we'll cover how you can start bringing your pinups to life. We'll begin this process by sketching out lines of action and simple shapes to nail down the pose of our pinup. Following this, we'll sketch additional features over our pose to establish the overall design of our fantasy pinup. Next, we'll begin blocking some base colors for our pinup's skin and overall attire. From here, we'll spend several lessons blending and refining the various attributes of our fantasy pinup, starting with her skin and then her overall attire. Along the way, we'll discuss mixing color palettes, integrating additional colors from your environment, and brush settings. Finally, we'll finish by making some final edits and touch-ups to our pinup by using some effective tools in Photoshop. Software required: Photoshop CC 14.0.

About the author

Kurt is a design tutor at Pluralsight. Ever since he could hold a crayon, Kurt has been in love with drawing. Apart from his dedication to training artists at Pluralsight, Kurt has an extensive background in illustration. He has previously worked for a book publisher, as well as Rhythm and Hues Studios. It was through his extensive industry background that Kurt learned the way of the Wacom, and that the Pen tool is truly mightier than the sword. Along with creating beautiful 2D illustrations,... more

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