Photoshop tutorial: Surreal digital portraits

Step 5 Adding a fine line of tiger fur between layers makes it look more realistic. I used a white-orange shade to give it a deeper colour tone.

Step 6 Once I finished painting the tiger face, for the next step I moved on to paint the hand. I chose a beige colour and painted a gradient of shades, using the Airbrush tool, following the contours of the hand and fingers. This tool is a great way to create tonal gradients between the light and dark colour areas, in a way that looks more appealing.

Step 7 Here, I redrew all the strokes for the rest of the elements, over the top of the sketch using Photoshop’s Pencil tool. When I finished, I adjusted the stroke’s colours to suit how each element should appear. 

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