Erika Toda Digital Painting

July 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Inspired by Chibi’s recent paintings and taking a break from gundams, I decided to do a digital painting of one of my favourite actresses – Erika Toda. This painting was really fun, it’s always amazing seeing your work slowly come to life (=. So here it is – Digital painting of Erika Toda (she also played Misa Misa from Death Note live action).

Erika Toda Digital Painting

Erika Toda Digital Painting. Click to see full size image

I love how the face and hair turned out. I paid alot more attention to it than any other part because if the face is off, well, it becomes a different person. I want to paint Erika Toda, not an Erika Toda look alike. I had some trouble painting the grey piece that wraps around her. It’s got some really intricate textures which is quite troublesome to replicate. Hopefully I can do better next time.

Here’s a quick WIP, each frame represents a progression period of 1-2 hours.

Erika Toda Digital Painting WIP

Erika Toda Digital Painting WIP

I used the Mixer brush in CS5 for the first time and I’m quite impressed with it. The Mixer brush is like a normal brush with blending powers. Each stroke blends the colors of the stroke path, resulting in a really smooth and crisp blend of colors.

Not completely happy with the hair, I think more work can be done towards the bottom right side. It’s something I need to improve on.

I also made a custom hair brush that saved me alot of time doing each individual stroke. Also helped alot with the fur.

hair brush

hair brush

Hope you enjoyed this!

General painting information:
Time Spent: 13 hours
Program: Photoshop CS5
Tools: Wacom Graphire4 A4
Reference: Photograph reference