Still-life illustrations can be great practice for anyone wanting to learn how to create life-like illustrations. In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a photo-realistic fried egg from a reference. Let’s get started!Tutorial Assets
The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.Step 1
The block-in stage. Lay down the basic color of egg using a basic hard Photoshop brush with shape dynamics on and spacing to zero. I always get right into an image without any preliminary sketches or line work. It is easier for me to think in terms of large shapes and colors, as opposed to lines. This time I figured I would begin with a color as the main theme for the base of the painting.Step 2
Continue painting with a hard brush, which has a nice hard edge to it, this will come in handy during the initial stages of defining the forms with light and shade. Lay down a flat red as well as some other colors. Don’t go too overboard and try to paint it all right here; start small as I did. Paint in the overall color for the egg, Put in the different shades of yolk and egg white and do not highlight yet.Step 3
Lay down more colors around the shape we laid down in the previous steps. Put some soft bright strokes down with smudge tool and smudge the frying pan area a little bit. As we are going to directly put photo textures on the pan area to save the time, so it doesn’t matter how you paint this area, just paint it along with other part of image.Step 4
Lay down some more solid colors and use the smudge tool to make the...