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Garlic on iPhone Tutorial

Luis Peso is an artist based in Spain.  He has a wide range of styles and uses a variety of devices for his work including the iPhone.
Check out his work over at his DeviantART.


I like to start by adding a background. No need to worry too much at this point about color, just take it as a base to build your painting. A nice idea is to leave the background in one layer and start painting your subject in a new one, just to be able to modify it later.
Having in mind a traditional approach for this painting, I start building up the shapes from dark values. Notice that I’m not sketching this time, It is way easier (specially on the iPhone) to block some shapes out and be able to refine them as needed instead of having to erase a beautiful sketch.


Take it as if you are sculpting instead of drawing. For me, these early steps are so enjoyable since I can get mad with adding tones and see the shapes “grow up” 


Since the garlics’ scales have that purple tones, I wanted to emphasize the orangish tones on the cloves. I am constantly moving the HUE slider from orangish tones to more greenish.


Keep going with the process, trying to find pink and purple tones in order to start adding light and also working more the cloves’ warm tones. Still not defining too much, just focused on composition and building the shapes. 

I’m using the basic round brush with low opacity so I can control the amount of “pigment” within the strokes. It also helps with interesting color mix. I’m not happy with the background at this point. I tried to change it but the problem is that it is so similar to the tones on the garlics’ cloves. No worries...I’ll come to it later.

In this step I used the pencil to work on the garlic texture plus the bottom part on the left garlic. But the main difference you may notice, compared to the previous step, is that I used the eraser to define the edges, giving it a sense of definition.


 I do this a lot: By painting a stroke with low opacity over already painted colors, you can get subtle variations of the original tone you were using. Specially useful for those moments when you’re looking for the same tone but a bit bluish (e.g.) 

I used this brush for the bottom texture. To get the best results from a texture, you need to work a bit on it, in this case with pencil work and eraser to define. 


Now it’s time to find a nice brush for both texturing and getting painterly look. It is also great for mixing colors since it is raked and allows underneath colors to be seen through.


Time to change the background. See how the garlic suddenly pops up? As said before, the background and the main subjects were “fighting” against each other with their tones. The way to solve it is by analyzing the colors on the painting and,as I have purples and oranges, the “x” color is green (based on a triadic scheme)

All you need to do is play to get a background of your taste. As I wanted this to have a classic look, I harmonized the painting by using different shades of green as well as the color picker to use the background color on the garlics and vice-versa.

Refined textures and colors (specially the garlic’s reddish shadows) and worked on the “ground” in relation with the garlics by, again using garlic’s colors on the ground because light bounces (very subtle in this case) and adds an extra sense of lighting in the scene.


And here’s the final piece. Hope it helped - and thanks for reading! Keep painting and keep it FUN! ;)


-Luis Peso

Reader Comments (3)

Another beautifully painted piece Luis. The final colors are stunning. ^Up^

May 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzi54241

Luis, thanks, love your tutorials. Always something I can use, like Susan's. The last one with the biscotti I "discovered" a new use for a brush. That texture looked wonderful on your coffee treat but also makes plush toys look right. Now what can I find in these creative layerings!

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah McMillion

Thank you Suzy and Deb! I'm happy if this was helpful! ;)

July 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLPeso

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