With the permission from haasje dutchairbrush I am posting this step by step, taken from his W.I.P thread here: http://www.airbrushforum.org/works-progress-finished-artworks/9892-gary-oldman-well-sort.html I will start out by showing you the finished piece : 15-05-14 Edit, finished piece: From here on I will let Haasje's post do the talking (part 1): - I had a discussion with a friend a while back how cool it would be to have Gary Oldman on The walking dead (he's one of my favorite actors). Going through some old pics today I found an old photo of him where he looked pretty scary. Thinking back to that conversation I thought it would be pretty cool to make him a zombie :smug:. Now this is not something that a lot of people will like as a picture (I already know what my mommy will say :witless but I know my fellow airbrushers will appreciate how much fun it will be to paint this one. As it is really some self-indulgence for me I'm not going to worry too much about the portrait part so if it's still going to look like Gary Oldman when I'm finished I'm not sure :joyous: but I'm very much looking forward to the zombie part. In photoshop I merged the portrait with a zombie screenshot. Unfortunately I couldn't find a good zombie face with the same light as the portrait so that is something I'll have to watch-out for while doing this one (will have to make sure not to get distracted by the reference) I'm now working on the 1st layer which is done in E'tac skin tone. This layer is where I map out the initial grey tones and textures. With the textures, certainly at this stage (as it will dictate all the other layers) it is important to keep a close eye on the direction of them as that and the shadows for a large part are responsible for the illusion of depth and form. This is mostly freehand though I made a little stencil with a lot of small holes for the pores. I think I'll go over the top with the textures and highlights on this one, just because it's fun and I can :joyous: As a lot of the texture will also be added in the next layer (erasing) I'm making sure every thing is hit by at least a little paint. - The skin-tone layer is done. On the zombie part of the face I started with the next step, erasing. For this I mainly used an eraser pencil and blended the highlights into the darker area's with the soft side of the pencil. With the hard side I picked out the highlights and did some scribing in the darker areas. After that I picked out the lightest highlights and went in with an electrical eraser. When doing the scribing thingy you'll notice that textures automatically start to form. With the soft side of the eraser pencil I worked those a bit into the dark and where I thought it would look good I made an highlight with the electrical eraser. I'm still working pretty rough but will get more tight and detailed as I get further along in the layers. Going to finish this step and than 1st do the background. There are hairs in the face which I'll need to start taking into account in the next steps and the overlap the background so that needs to be in first. It will also give me the chance to correct the proportions of the face a bit. Btw the zombie part is really fun to do :joyous: - While working on the painting I came to realize that the shape of the zombie face didn't match that of mr Oldman (just completely oversaw that while doing the reference). Even though this is just a "fun project" and the ultimate goal isn't to get a nice crispy 100% Gary Oldman portrait I do want to make at least an attempt to have the final picture to vaguely resemble him. I made a mask of the left side of the face and used this to mark how the shape roughly should be. In the chin/neck area I just used the mask to make the jaw line dark and blended the part that used to be jaw into the neck with some erasing (pretty easy as this is a zombie ). What I painted too much on the right side I removed with an electrical eraser. Any traces of the skin-tone that are left will be easily removed as that is going to be a pretty dark area. After that I first completed the erasing (texture) in the portrait part. Next I roughly filled the background and clothing to get a better idea of the "feel" of it all. I'll also need the darker area's around the face when I get to the next erasing layer. With the 1st layer of texture done It's time to define the light and dark a tad for which I use sepia (love this part as all of a sudden you get the depth in the painting). I use a very reduced sepia as I want to carefully create my dark area's and don't want too much of this color in the highlight areas. In the dark area's I also do some detail texture work. For a normal painting I probably would have used burnt Umber for this and the sepia only for the real dark and colder areas but I think using sepia will give him a less healthy look in the end (as is a zombie ). I'll use the umber to do some detail and shadow when I'm done with the sepia though. - I continued to do the rest of the piece with sepia. In the zombie part this took a bit longer as I had to do a lot more detail work with it there. As with the face part I did use the sepia to shade larger area's but stayed clear of the highlights. Now its time to add some color to mr oldman (the reference of the face is black and white so this part I'm just making up from what I know will work from earlier portraits I did). With a very reduced brick red ocher (2 water 2 base 1 paint) I softly layered some color. I hit the whole face with it but was careful to hit the lighter areas only softly to give them just a hint of color and warm it up a bit. In the darker/shadow areas with a lot of sepia I went in several times to get a more natural transition from the sepia to the skin tone. In the zombie part I applied it generously as that has to be "reddish" but steered clear from the parts I want to remain skintoned (only hit them a tad). Next I went in with yellow ocher I used this a bit random in some places just to have a bit of color difference going on. For the zombie part I next went in with illustration blood red (2 red, 2 water, 2 base). I have to admit I have never been a big fan of Createx paints (one could almost say I was the opposite of it ) but the illustration line is (for me) working very good. I was rather generous in applying this as ... well it's a zombie . I'm now contemplating the next step. Normaly I'd now white wash it all after getting out the highlights again but I'm tempted to experiment a tad and go to the darks straight away and apply the white wash only to the lighter parts after that.