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Roman House Part II – The Drawing

This the second part of a three-part Roman House tutorial. Roman House Painting Part I – The Drawing describes how to draw the scene and this part shows how to finish the background. Roman House Part III – Finishing how to add a woman to the scene.


Preview of Final Results



Roman House Part II – The Drawing Photoshop Tutorial

  • Program: Photoshop 7
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes

This is the second part of a three part drawing series. Roman House Painting Part I – The Drawing shows now to create the initial outline sketch.


Step 1

Create a new layer below the sketch titled “wall”.

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Step 2

Block in the wall and ceiling with color #FFD2A2 and an opaque hard-edged brush.

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Step 3

Make another layer above the “wall” layer.

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Step 4

Block in the roof with color #BE2D00.

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Step 5

Make another layer above that layer, it will be merged down later.

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Step 6

On this layer, add shadows to the right side of each of the columns with a soft edged brush set to 57% opacity (color #701B00).

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Step 7

Darken the shadows even more with a 41% opaque brush.

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Step 8

Using the same brush, highlight the tiles with color #E14616.

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Step 9

Fill in the arches under the tiles with color #701B00 with an opaque hard-edged brush.

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Step 10

With color #4B1200 fill in the line under the arches.

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Step 11

Merge the layer down onto the “roof” layer.

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Step 12

Using the same brush, add a slanting shadow beneath the roof on the wall layer (color #F2AA78).

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Step 13

Darken the shadow with color #C57338 (48%, soft-edged brush).

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Step 14

Add a shadow to the ceiling with the brush set to 20% opacity.

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Step 15

Erase the part of the wall that overlaps the back pillar.

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Step 16

Add a highlight to the left side of the wall (color #FFD6B8, 500 pixel brush, 20%) , and in-between the two pillars.

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Step 17

Create a new layer beneath the wall and title it “sky”.

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Step 18

Block in the sky area above the roof with color #CADEFF (opaque brush).

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Step 19

Use a soft-edged brush to lighten the sky with color #F1F6FF (41% opacity, 260 pixel brush).

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Step 20

Create a new layer above the sky and name it “trees”.

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Step 21

Block in the trees with color #5A9900 using an opaque hard-edged brush.

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Step 22

Bock in shadows around the leaves with color #386000 using a soft edged brush set to 55% opacity.

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Step 23

Highlight the leaves with color #96E426 with a 13% opaque brush.

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Step 24

Now, make a new layer beneath the “vine” layer.

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Step 25

Fill in the vine with color #386000.

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Step 26

Add shadows to the vine with color #294300, using a soft-edged opaque brush.

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Step 27

Using the same brush, add a highlight to the middle of the vine with color #6DBA00.

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Step 28

On “trees” layer, block in the ground area with color #B17235.

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Step 29

Add shadows to the ground (especially under the roof and under the bush) with color #632500 (30% opacity).

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Step 30

Make a new layer and name it “texture”.

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Step 31

Go to edit ? fill ? 50% fill

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Step 32

Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Set to 5% and the filter settings to gaussian and monochromatic.

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Step 33

Erase the gray that overlaps things other than the ground.

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Step 34

Change the blending mode to overlay.

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Step 35

Now make another layer above the “roof” layer.

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Step 36

Fill in the palm leaves with color #423B00, and the stem with color #7F6C04.

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Step 37

Using a 15% opacity hard edged brush with color #756C04. To create the effect of individual leaves, draw leaves branching out from the stems.

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