Old Guard detail by toddm
Some have asked about method:
Set your brush opacity (in photoshop) to 45, and paint away. If I use a photo ref (my portrait and this pic) I paint in a silhouette of the person with a dark color- then start painting in the light with my brush at 45% opacity. This allows you to 'build' the intensity of lights and reflections. I do the same with images created without photo ref (gladiator, girl in forrest, dino hunter if it ever gets posted)- I still use a scanned pencil/pen sketch.
I took the photo ref for this pic at the Renaissance faire in Gilroy, CA. I tweaked it in PS to get the right colors (more dramatic)- and used the eye drop tool when choosing colors. To 'blend' colors, I'll use the eyedrop tool to pick up a color I've laid down at 45 percent-doing this multiple times around the edges of a colored area. I paint in background last. Click ing between ref and work in progress.