Step 5 Make a new layer and drag it into position just above the hair layer. Double-click the new layer and change its name to ‘hair paint’. Ensure that this layer remains targeted, then zoom in closely on the hair swirling to the right of the model’s face.

Specify a brush size somewhere in between what you used for the clouds and the size you used for the railing areas. Try a test stroke on a region of hair. Ideally, it will create a painterly effect while preserving the overall detail.

Increase or decrease the brush size as necessary, and then set to work painting over her hair in this region, emulating the flow and direction of her hair with your brushstrokes.


Step 6 You can exercise some creative licence when you get to the region where the individual strands of hair flow out against the sky. Depending upon where you begin your stroke, you will be pushing a light colour into dark, or a dark colour into light. With repeated strokes you can alter the structure of things.
For example, you may feel that some of these strands feel chunky and not fluid enough against the sky.

Try starting your stroke in a white region and then brushing it into a dark strand, altering the flow and thickness of the hair. Repeat this on both sides of a strand as many times as necessary until you’re satisfied with the results. After a bit of practice, the process will feel quite intuitive, especially if you have experience with actual oil paints.


Step 7 Create a new layer and move it up so that it sits above the ‘fabric’ layer in the Layers palette. Double-click the new layer and name it ‘fabric paint’ in the Layer Attributes.

With the new layer selected, zoom in on the flowing piece of cloth. Now use the same method to paint over the fabric with the Oil Palette Knife. Vary the brush size as necessary and be certain to pay attention to the billows in the cloth as you introduce your strokes, as they should be similar in terms of direction and contour.