Fantasy Portrait Digital Painting Tutorial

In this two hour fully narrated real time tutorial, I walk you through my painting process from start to finish for my fantasy character portrait, “Exiled Kenobi”. Throughout the process, I discuss strategies you can use at each phase of the process, from color mapping, to creating interesting textures, to rendering facial anatomy, lighting, and creating accurate details using a photo reference.

What You Get

– Nearly two hours of high quality narrated video footage

–  The full resolution final image of “Exiled Kenobi Portrait” for reference.

– A coupon for 50% off the new ESA Brush Pack

What You'll Learn

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to…

  • Create a fully fantasy portrait from start to finish on Photoshop in less that two hours
  • Accurately identify and replicate unique character qualities
  • The basics of facial anatomy, lighting, texture, color, and much more
  • Use photo references
  • Move beyond your photo reference to enhance the subject and make your painting your own.
  • Learn to use digital tools to create interesting textures and a more “painterly” feel.
  • Create a fully detailed digital painting from start to finish
  • Generate painting thumbnails efficiently and creatively that tell an interesting story
  • Create a compelling and visually appealing composition and design
  • Use values to draw attention to key areas in a painting
  • Incorporate traditional painting techniques to give your digital painting more life
  • Use specific tricks and shortcuts in Photoshop to make your workflow more efficient

Who This Tutorial is For

This tutorial is for you if…


  • You struggle to create realistic or lifelike portraits
  • You are a beginner to intermediate artist looking to improve your skills and develop a strong painting mindset.
  • You have some experience with painting and want to learn more about painting in the digital medium.
  • You want to make your digital artwork more detailed and realistic.
  • You struggle with completing pieces and often get stuck halfway through and never finish.
  • You are forever a student of art and want to learn as much as possible and improve your skills every day!


Have a question about this product that isn’t mentioned here? Click the Contact link below or email me at and I’d be happy to answer it for you!


Do I need Photoshop to learn from this tutorial?

This piece was created in Adobe Photoshop using a digital drawing tablet, but the lessons here are certainly applicable to both other digital applications as well as traditional painting styles. While specific Photoshop techniques are discussed here, most of those functions are available in other painting software as well.


Is this tutorial for beginners?

This tutorial was designed with the beginner and/or intermediate digital artist in mind. If you have no experience painting or using digital art software before, you may find some of these concepts a bit advanced, but if you have some very basic painting experience and are at least familiar with digital drawing software at minimum, this tutorial is for you.


Can I get a refund for this product?

All sales of digital products are final, but if you are not satisfied with the tutorial, please let me know by sending me an email at or using the contact section below.


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