How to paint an elven maiden

Digital painting portrait of an Elven maiden

In this tutorial, I'll be guiding you through my process for creating a captivating fantasy portrait of an elven maiden. Her story is that she's a woman of wealth and sophistication who, by some happenstance, is travelling the mountainside. I created her for the cover of ImagineFX magazine.

In this Photoshop tutorial, starting with my initial sketch, I’ll show you a variety of techniques that you can use in your own art process – from concise line work through to adding depth and colour to create a compelling fantasy portrait. You can watch this video to see my exact process, as well as following the steps below. 

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Tara is a freelance illustrator based in Sydney. She specialises in creating realistic artworks that capture a palpable sense of mystery and atmosphere.