Bringing statues to life: How it’s done

The original statue, photographed at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Cut from background, and given a basic fleshtone tint.

Colouring painted to create lips, blush and beard.

Beard created using technique shown here.

Eye area copied to new layer.

Eyeballs added and shaded.

Hair, eyebrows and moustache copied to new layer and coloured.

Individual hairs drawn in over sculpted base.

Veins, blotches and blemishes painted on face.

Scarf separated and coloured.

Armour separated and coloured using metallic technique explained here.

Shading added to face.

New background inserted.

Background selectively darkened to make figure stand out.

Highlights added to hair to simulate light from window. Final toning adjustments.

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