Grime Art Photoshop Tutorial – How to Make These Gross Portrait Doodles

Grime Art Photoshop Tutorial – How to Make These Gross Portrait Doodles


Hello
everyone this is Chris from Spoon Graphics back with another video tutorial for Adobe
Photoshop. Today we’re going to have some fun creating
a surreal art style known as Grime Art, which is a weird trend where portrait photos are
doodled upon with drooping, cartoonish drips of slimy flesh in vibrant colours to produce
weird and wonderful zombie-like images with a gross, but somehow cool effect. I’ll show you a handy technique within Photoshop
that allows you to easily illustrate and colour your artwork with the help of a pen tablet. Check out my showcase of Grime Art illustrations over
on Spoon Graphics for some inspiration of the kinds of weird and wonderful images that
are made in this style. I’ll be zombie-fying this free portrait photo
from Unsplash.com, by tracing the facial area and adding loads of slimy drips. I’ve chosen
a bright blue and pink for my artwork, then the addition of some basic highlights and
shadows help to enhance the illustration. Open up your chosen photograph in Adobe Photoshop.
Create a new layer to add the doodles. Select the Brush tool, then select a basic
round tip and increase the Hardness to 100%. Within the Brush Settings panel, activate
the Shape Dynamics feature and set the Control to Pen Pressure, assuming you have a Pen Tablet.
Similar effects can be created by illustrating with a mouse, but with the Fade option instead. Enable Smoothing, which will allow you to
set a value in the top toolbar. I find 50% is a good value to keep the line true to where
I’m drawing while ironing out any unwanted kinks or wobbles. Use the square bracket keys to alter the size
of the brush. 20px is appropriate for the scaling of this image. Begin tracing an outline of the face, but
with the addition of some drip features. Moderating the pressure on your tablet when
you start and end a stroke helps to achieve the classic tapered look. Trace around the eyebrows and the eyes. Grime art is very much a doodling art style,
where not much care is taken to achieve realism, so don’t worry too much about the quality
of your line work. Zombie-like eyes are a common theme in Grime
Art. Add details to give the eye sockets a decayed appearance. Trace the main facial features, including
the nose and mouth by following the main shapes and lines from the photograph. The stand-out feature of Grime Art is the
array of dripping flesh, which is created by simply drawing loads of drooping shapes
to fill the facial area. Randomise the shape and size of each drip.
The more you add, the more detailed the final result will be. Small lines and circular bumps are additional
elements that can be drawn to fill in any gaps and to add extra detail. Continue drawing slimy drips throughout the
face area. To fill in any areas which should be black,
such as the eyebrows, reduce the smoothing value of the brush to zero. Any other colours should be added on a new
layer so you don’t paint over the black outlines. Add this layer above the Background, but underneath
the lines layer. Choose a colour for the features of your Grime
Art victim. I’m using a bright pink for the eyes and lips. Paint in these areas, taking care to keep
the brush strokes within the width of the black outline. Don’t forget to fill in the eyes with either
white or black. It helps to add any additional colours that
might accidentally be painted over existing areas on a new layer. You can either carefully paint around the
edges, make a selection and fill the area, or roughly paint the outline then erase any
overlap. I find it’s natural to flip my Wacom pen around
to use the virtual eraser to clean up the edges. The Grime Art effect is taking shape, but
some simple shading can really boost the illustration style. Add a new layer above the colour fills, but
below the linework layer. Reset the foreground and background colours
to black and white. Paint in a shaded area, such as around the
eye socket. Change the blending mode of this layer to Soft Light, which will automatically
generate darker or lighter shades of the underlying colour for easy shadows and highlights. Fill in the main areas where a shadow would
appear loosly following the black outlines. Once the main shading has been added, giving
each of the drips a little shading really helps add depth to the artwork. Use a small
tip and follow the black stroke, beginning and ending with the brush concealed, but extending
out to add a slither of colour underneath the shape. When all the shadows have been adding, press
the X key to swap the brush colour to white. Using the same technique, add a series of
highlights on top of each drip shape. How much care and attention you pay to the
quality of your illustration is entirely up to you. Some Grime Art pieces are well polished
with clean lines, whereas other have much more of a hand-drawn doodle style. The final result is a surreal, zombie-like
cartoon effect that makes little sense, but is the kind of underground art syle that is
popular in some corners of the Internet. So if you enjoyed this tutorial or learnt
any new tricks be sure to give the video a Like to help spread the word. Subscribe to
the channel to stick around for more of my content, and head over to my Spoon Graphics
website to download my free design resources. As always thank you very much for watching,
and I’ll see you in the next one.

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