Step 6
We’re aiming for an illustrative look rather than a photoreal one, but getting the balance of light and shadow right is vital. Start working on increasing the contrast and the range of the shadows and highlights.



Step 7
Go back to the Brushes menu and tweak the scattering setting. This is perfect for creating a few freckles quickly without having to place them all individually.



Step 8
Once you’re happy with the level of detail in the eyes, cheeks and other key areas, the final step is to adjust the overall colour balance and levels. Try adding a warm Photo Filter to unite your colour palette. Add subtle orange highlights to the right side of the nose and cheeks.

Sam Gilbey


Who: With five years experience as a professional illustrator, Sam Gilbey’s distinctive observational illustrations are inspired by a love for popular culture in general (and large robots in particular). Combining digital and analogue techniques, they have been featured on websites and television, as well as in books, comics and exhibitions, and a movie test shoot.
Contact: sam-gilbey.com
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4
Time to complete: 3-4 hours
On the CD or download: Files for this tutorial can be found on the cover CD or downloaded here