Step 11 When you’re satisfied with the model’s hands and arms, move on to her neck and perform the same operation of carefully smoothing regions of colour and introducing Oil Palette Knife strokes, without removing the defined edges of the separate regions. You’ll find that you need to increase the brush size for the neck as compared to what you were using for her hands, as there are fewer fine details or small regions of colour. If your brush is too small, the strokes will be too prominent and will look out of place in the composition. When you’re finished with her neck, work on the visible part of her ear.

Step 12 Now focus on the model’s hair on the right side of her face. Use a similar brush size to what you’ve used previously to paint over the hair. Again, carefully introduce a series of strokes that follow the contour and flow of her hair. Take your time and be aware of where you start each stroke and how that affects where colour is placed.

Use extra care when painting the areas where hair meets skin; try to paint along the existing division lines, not across them. You want to be careful not to pull light colours into her hair by starting too close to her skin and then brushing it into her hair, or vice versa.

Once you’ve done this, it’s time to work on the model’s face.

Step 13 Time at last to review your progress by temporarily turning off the visibility of all of the original layers so that only your painted layers are visible. You can simply click on the Visibility icon (the eye) to the left of each layer in the Layers palette to do this.

With only your painted layers visible, you should get a good insight into what exactly is happening every time you create a stroke that picks up underlying colour.

Touch up any areas that need it, and you’re ready to paint in final details using Painter’s standard set of Oil Brushes.

Beyond Photoshop

This is an adapted version of a tutorial in Derek Lea’s new book, Beyond Photoshop. Published by Focal Press (, Beyond Photoshop shows you how can transfer your Photoshop skills into applications such as Illustrator, Painter, Cinema 4D, Poser and ZBrush -- developing your style in new directions.

Derek is an award-winning digital illustrator and author, with clients that include high-profile North American advertising agencies and corporations. He is also a professor in Graphic Design – Media at Centennial College in Toronto, Canada.

For more about the book, visit Derek Lea’s portfolio is at


The resources for this tutorial can be downloaded from here.