Step 14 Next, drag the ‘Cream’ layer onto your main artwork document and arrange it beneath the ‘Blue’ layer. Line it up as you intend the highlights to appear. You may need to zoom in and tidy up some areas with the Pen tool by selecting these areas and either adding more cream, or removing bits that don’t work.
Step 15 To complete this image, I played around with different variations on the eyes. I tried filling them with cream and red. I also tried different variations with the pupils – highlighted with red, or not highlighted at all. In the end, I felt simple was best – as it often is – and went with a flat cream fill.
This variation made the eyes stand out the most, drawing you to them and his face. Hence, this helps you instantly recognise that the subject of the artwork is a skeleton on a bike.
Step 16 And that’s it: the tutorial is complete. Marvel in the glory of the piece, add any other elements you wish, or maybe try other colour variations.
I think it looks kind of cool in green and off-white.
Who: Ollie Munden, aka Megamunden, combines nature’s creatures, tattoo design, 80s skate graphics and an essence of the Far East to create his beautiful concoctions. As comfortable painting large scale murals as he is illustrating for advertising or publishing, it has been hard to escape Ollie’s drawings over recent years. British Airways, Havaianas, Nike, Toshiba, Vodafone, Penguin and New Scientist are just a few of the many who have fallen for his distinctive creations. Alongside commercial commissions, Ollie is finding more and more that he is being commissioned to design tattoos for private clients.
Software: Adobe Photoshop 7 or higher
Time to complete: 1 full day
The files for this tutorial can be downloaded from here.