Hi folks! This image took longer than expected due to using a new technique I learned online with opacity and paint brushes. But it turned out well and I’m proud of it. Hope you like my Yeti – or Abominable Snowman if you will – and his prey!

Here’s how I did it.

How to Make a Fearsome Yeti: The Tutorial

1. Scan your image.

2. Add finishing touches to the image. I changed it so that the Yeti’s fur went in the direction of the wind.

3. Fill in the background layer at 100% opacity.

4. Give your Yeti bluish/white skin set to 86% opacity.

5. Using a 16 point brush, create the first overcoat layer of fur.

6. Using that same 16 point brush, but with the brighter white, create coat #2.

7. Use a darker color for shadows and color the nails.

8. Select a cold, deathly brown for your dead mammal of choice on the Yeti’s shoulder. Use a lighter color for the antlers and a slightly darker color for the antlers’ shadows.

9. Use a darker brown for the dead mammal’s shadows.

10. Set the brush to 40% opacity to create blood seeped fur.

11. At 100% opacity, choose a brighter shade of white for snow and after choosing a shade of gray, use an 11 point brush for snow shadow lines.

12. Using a specialty brush of your choosing, (or the one I found here) create the appearance of windblown snow.

And voila! You have your fearsome creature of the tundra. Remember to use different layers for each step and to save often.

Have fun!

© 2008 Angela Entzminger

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