Photoshop Tutorial: Create An Audrey Kawasaki Style Wood Girl

One of my favorite artists is Audrey Kawasaki. Her beautiful women painted with oil on wood are both innocent and erotic, usually melancholic. I really love them so I tried to modify a picture to recreate her style.

If you're interested in her works this is her site: Audrey Kawasaki
- Some of her artworks could disturb very sensitive people (I said "could". I think that they're simply erotic and I'm not upset for some drawn animal skeleton, but I'm not All The People).

End result:
Create An Audrey Kawasaki Style Wood Girl Final Image

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Practice tutorial


Step 1

These are some Kawasaki's works. They're very particular, a sort of balanced combination between mangas and Art Nouveau. The most important features I'll try to copy are:
1. the wood background
2. a large head
3. thin long eyes and little nose and mouth
4. the particular coloration of the skin
5. defined edges
6. a weird shape of the hair
7. the fluctuating arms

I'm sorry: it will be a veeery long tutorial with a lot of images and steps. I want to be detailed as more as possible.

I use Photoshop 7.0

Step 2

Take your photo. A good photo is frontal, represents a girl and possibly her arms, in some nice pose.

Mine is this:

Your actual layers are:
1. a white background (Background)
2. your picture (Original)
So, select with the Marquee tool the head of the girl, click the right button of the mouse and create a Layer via Copy. Call it Head.

To create a Kawasaki head distort the Head layer (edit > transform > distort). Follow the arrows of the example to enlarge the head and make more thin the chin.
Then, change the head layer opacity to 50% to superimpose the new head to the original one. When it's in the right place (the necks coincide) return the opacity to 100%.

Step 3

Return to the Original layer and select with the Marquee tool (or Lazo tool if you prefer, it's the same) just the eyes. Click with the right button and create a Layer via Copy; call it Eyes.

Make the eyes thinner reducing the height of the layer (edit > transform > scale) like in the image. Then move the eyes down, a little bit under the real eyes.

Step 4

Return to Original layer and select with the rectangular Marquee tool the eyelids zone. Create a new Layer via Copy in the usual way and call the new layer Eyelids.

Make the eyelids higher dragging the bottom part of the selection (edit > transform > scale).

Step 5

Make visible both the Eyes and the Eyelids layers. Work on them with the Eraser tool with a little size, and faded edges, to delete around the eyes (in the Eyes layer) and under them (in the Eyelids layer).

Step 6

Melt the Eyes layer with Eyelids layer (click on the higher layer, probably it's the last one you've created, and press Ctrl+E; call the melted layer simply Eyes).

Return to Original layer and select with the rectangular Marquee tool the nose. Create a new Layer via Copy and call it Nose.

Modify it reducing the lenght of the bottom part (edit > transform > distort).

Step 7

Probably you'll see a straight line between the new nose and the original face. Fix the zone deleting with a shaded Eraser tool the edges of the Nose layer and deleting the old nose in the Original layer with the Clone stamp tool or the healing Brush tool until the skin is perfect.

Step 8

Return to Head layer.
To make the mouth thinner and more little go to filter > liquify.
To be sure you won't modify other parts of the face (for example the nose) use the Freeze tool to draw the edges of the mouth.
Then work with the Pucker tool to make it more short and the Bloat tool to make the bottom lip bigger.

In my photo it's difficult seeing the difference because "my" girl already had a beautiful mouth, just a bit too large (to be a Kawasaki girl).

Step 9

Now you can merge the Eyes - Nose layers with the Head layer (Ctrl+E).

Return to Original layer and make it more little (more "young"). Use edit > transform > scale and make the layer to the 90% of the initial dimention.

Step 10

Create a New layer (layer > new > layer) and call it Edges.

With the Pen tool follow the head edges (make curves not a simple broken line), then the neck, the shoulders and the arms. It depends on your source, but if possible try to draw at least a fluctuating arm.
The neck have to be drawn more thin and the shoulders a little bit squared off.

When you finish to draw th path click with the right button of the mouse on your image and select Stroke path.
Select as tool the Brush, and remember to have the Brush tool setted on a little size (2-4 pixels, but it depends on your image dimension), definite edges and black color.
Don't simulate pressure.

Keep always the Edges layer as the most high in the Layers panel.

Step 11

In the Edges layer use the Magic Wand tool to select the background part. To make the selection more precise go to select > modify > expand and expand the selection by 2 pixels.
Now return to Head layers and delete the selection.

Reselect the background part in the same way (Magic Wand tool in the Edges layer plus expansion), and in the Head layer delete the selection.

Step 12

Melt the Head layer and the Original layer (Ctrl+E) in a layer that we'll call Girl and duplicate it (layer > duplicate layer); call it Girl2.

Turn Girl2 layer invisible and work on Girl layer with the Eraser tool (medium size, round shape, shaded edges and better a 30% opacity). Delete all the trunk and the neck, and the higher part of the arms shading (and all the clothes if your girl wears long sleeves).

Step 13

Go to Edges layer and select the background (expand by 2 pixels) and invert the selection (select > invert).

Create a New layer calling it Color. With the Eyedropper tool chose a pink color taking it from the girl skin.
In the Color layer fill the selection with the Pain Bucket tool (pink color obviously).

The Color layer must stay under the Girl layer.

Now work on Color layer with the Brush tool (medium size, 25% opacity, dry brush similar to the one of the example): picking brown and dark colors from the girl image create the neck shadow, and picking pink and red, for example from cheeks and lips, paint the shoulders.

Step 14

Go to Girl layer and make the contrast higher (image > adjustments > curves) and copy the example curve. Then set the layer style on Darken.

Step 15

Melt Girl layer and Color layer (Ctrl+E) and call it Girl.

Go to filter > noise > dust and scratches and set it on 2-3 pixels radius.

Step 16

Duplicate Girl2 layer, keep it invisible and work on the new layer (Girl3).
With a round shaded medium Eraser tool delete all, except eyes, nose and mouth. Then set the Eraser tool opacity to 10%-20% and make eyes, nose and mouth a little bit transparent.

Girl3 layer must be higher than Girl layer.

Step 17

Work on a New layer (call it White) with a little shaded white Brush tool setted on a low opacity (for example 25%). Put color in the internal part of the eyes, on the nose, on the lower lip and in the superior edge of the higher lip.

Blur the color using filter > blur > gaussian blur setted on 1-2 pixels radius.

Melt White layer with Girl3 layer.

Step 18

Go to Edges layer and select the neck-shoulder part (expand by 2).
Go to Girl layer and select the Quick Mask mode.
Use the Gradient tool to create a shade.
Return in Standard mode and you'll see that the lower part of the trunk is selected. Delete the selection (Ctrl+X).

Step 19

Create a New layer (call it Red).
In this new layer color, with a medium size-dry kind-red Brush tool (with low opacity, for example 25%) the elbows and the hands, expecially the fingers.
Then delete all it's out from the edges (of the Edges layer).

Go to filters > noise > dust and scratches and set a 2-3 pixels radius.

Melt Red layer with Girl layer.

Step 20

Create New layer and put there a wood texture image. Call it Wood.

Mine is:

Step 21

Melt Girl3 layer with Girl layer (Ctrl+E). Call it Girl and duplicate it (layer > duplicate layer) in Girl3.

Probably you won't need the old Girl2 layer, but I usually duplicate often my layers, so in case I wrong something I have my old steps still perfect.

Now use on Girl layer the Dry brush effect (filter > artistic > dry brush) with a little size (2) and and high brush detail (8).
Turn the layer opacity to 50%.

Step 22

Now set the Girl3 layer to 60% opacity.

The right order of your layers is the one shown in the example.

Step 23

Create a New layer (call it Edges2).

Go to Edges layer: with the Magic Wand tool select the background; then invert the selection (select > inverse).
Return to Edges2 layer and fill the selection of white with the Paint Bucket tool. Deselect.

Blur the layer (filter > blur > gaussian blur) with a 1-2 pixels radius Gaussian blur.

Go to Edges layer; select the background (Magic Wand tool, expand by 2) and invert.
Return to Edges2 layer and delete the selection. It will remain a white shaded border.

Probably the continuous "go to Edges layer and select the background" could be spared if you'd save the selection. But I've never done it so.. I can't teach something I don't know and anyway I don't want to use.

Step 24

If like in my example your wood is too bright you can go to Wood layer and make it darker with a curve like mine (image > adjustments > curves).

Step 25

Create a New layer (call it Shade).
With your favourite Brush tool shape add the color you prefer (I used blue but it's just an example).
Then blur it (filter > blur > gaussian blur) with a little radius, for example 3 pixels.

Set the layer style to Color.

Step 26

You can change the color of the wood, of the colored part and of the girl going on the right layer and mix hue, saturation and lightness (image > adjustments > hue/saturation).

I decided to make all more desaturated to make the work more similar to Audrey Kawasaki style, and I changed the blue in pink because I've thought it was a better color for my girl.

Step 27

The work could be considered complete.

I personally decided to add even the hair, and if you want you can add it too.
Create a New layer (call it Hair). With the Pen tool draw the hair shape. Use a lot of soft curves. Isn't necessary to draw well even the lower part of the hair, because we'll shade it.

Transform the path in a selection clicking with the right button of the mouse on your image (make selection > new; 0 feather radius and tick the anti-aliased).
Now take the Gradient tool with the color you want to use for the hair and make it more dense in the higher part (use the preset Foreground to Transparent).

With the Eraser tool (choose you the size, ect) delete the color where it appears under the girl, even under the face because the 2 Girl layers are setted on 60% and 50% of opacity.

Hint: in next step you'll need again the path you've drawn for the hair, so better if you copy it and select just one of them to make the selection, saving the second one for next step!

Step 28

In a New layer (Edges3) re-draw the path with the Pen tool (or you use the second path if you duplicated it before) and stroke it with the same brush size you used for the black edges (in Edges layer).

Then go in Hair layer and delete with a little Eraser tool all is out from the black edge. In the Edges2 layer instead, delete the white border in the part where the head touches the hair, and close to the shoulder use an Eraser tool with a low opacity to shade the white border.

Step 29

Go to Edges3 layer and select the black line with the Magic Wand tool.
Create a New layer (call it Edges4) and fill the selection with the Paint Bucket tool with white.
Deselect and blur the layer (filter > blur > gaussian blur) setted on 3 pixels radius.
Then delete with a little Eraser tool the internal part of white.

Now you can melt (Ctrl+E) all the Edges layers (the first one with 2, 3 and 4), just remember to keep Edges and Edges3 higher than the other 2 (the white ones).

Step 30

Now you should have the layers in this order:
1. Edges
2. Girl3
3. Girl
4. Shade
5. Wood

I consider the tutorial finished, but obvioulsy you can continue changing colors, hue and saturation, contrast, and so on, or add some flowers or animals using the same technique (black edge, white edge, dry brush, ect.)

I hope you like the tutorial (and the result) and that I didn't write any error (too many layers, I could had confuse something). For any doubt you can write me.

Thank you.

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avatar arkncheeze

I loved the tutorial, but not the end result( but it is matter of personal preference)... Don't worry your tutorial is cool... Also I never look at tutorial for end result... I look at the work process and the techniques...

Again cool tutorial...

(5 years and 2082 days ago)
avatar Akassa
Akassa says:

Same here, great tutorial and tecnique but the result is not that atractive.

(5 years and 2081 days ago)
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Guest says:

Spend less time trying to directly copy the style of other artists, and even less time trying to teach others how to directly copy the style of other artists, sheesh.

(5 years and 2081 days ago)
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Guest says:

meh, you good at photoshop but find your own style. ripping people off is like stealing

(5 years and 2081 days ago)
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Guest says:

What do you think Audrey Kawasaki would feel if she saw this? It's bad enough that you're copying other people's style. Even more when you're ripping it off digitally.

(5 years and 2081 days ago)
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Guest says:

wth!!! leave her alone man ... she obviously loves this artist!! what shes doing is her expression for that i like what you did here ...and i'm shure miss audrey wouldnt mind at all so spread the love! peace

(5 years and 2081 days ago)
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Guest says:

audrey really enjoys your homage, check her twitter out what she said about it!

(5 years and 2081 days ago)
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k5683 says:

Nice job! I think the face still looks a little too real, but I am with arkncheese---it is about the process.

(5 years and 2081 days ago)
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I love how people without names and faces have oppinions! I think that it's a wonderful job. I googled Ms. Kawasaki and I think that you made it your own. Good job.

(5 years and 2080 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very nice tutorial!! Thank you!

(5 years and 2078 days ago)
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Guest says:

awesome...wonderful job dude

(5 years and 2076 days ago)
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Guest says:

Don't listen to the detractors... These techniques can be applied to a lot of different projects not just emulating the wonderful style of Audrey... Props to you for being inspired to be creative and flattering Ms. Kawasaki...

(5 years and 2069 days ago)
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Guest says:

Nice tutorial. Thanks for taking the time to share your technique.

(5 years and 2069 days ago)
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Guest says:

seety itso bute

(5 years and 2066 days ago)
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Guest says:

the tutorial itself was written well and teaches one how to do things, but what is the point of totally copying what's already been done? its disrespectful and not something a genuine designer or artist would do. I get that you love her, but you don't have to be her.

(5 years and 2065 days ago)
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Guest says:

me parece muy bueno lo que haces excelente, oK!!.
No me parece estés copiando un artista sino enseñando técnicas que uno puede usar.


I feel very good that you do good, OK!.
I do not think you are copying an artist but teaching techniques you can use.

Thank you

(5 years and 2064 days ago)
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Guest says:

Awesome man

(5 years and 2061 days ago)
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Guest says:

man those people are annoying. its not really copying, its more about possible techniques. and this could be applied on many other ways. its just an example and a good way to practise by learning from the masters. so shhhh. good job=)

(5 years and 2058 days ago)
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Guest says:

I am awed at your capability AND at your excellent instruction. Not everyone can explain as well as you have, not to mention the lovely end result. Well done! thank you!

(5 years and 2027 days ago)
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Guest says:

Ruined the end result with the hair... but other than that its a great tutorial and i will be using it.

(5 years and 2027 days ago)
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Guest says:

wow i love it!

(5 years and 1779 days ago)
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Guest says:

as a complete amateur, i appreciated this tutorial. i didn't come here to try and rip off another artist and i don't believe the author of this tutorial was trying to do that either. it was just a source on which to base a tutorial for techniques. i'd like to see how one might create a similar image of van gogh's work using PS. not because i want to start trying to selling forgeries, but because i'd love to learn new techniques.

everyone else can get off their high horses.


(5 years and 1761 days ago)
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Guest says:

good tutorial..and all art borrows.
its not ripping off a persons style..its learning techniques to achieve an effect.
keep up the great work

(5 years and 1723 days ago)
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Guest says:

I would have to agree that this is a pretty great tutorial. As most have said its not really about the end result of the piece in the tutorial its about the techniques. I too love Audrey Kawasaki's work . I think that all art evolves from existing art Audrey obviously looked to art nouveau artists of the past along with a little style from manga or anime. Then developed her own take or style on this and probably many other influences. Its not as if the author is claiming this style as his or her own and who knows where they may take this. With time they may be able too develop there own style with just a hint of Audrey's. I say keep up the good work! you express great communication skills and way to go on sharing with others.

(5 years and 1712 days ago)
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Guest says:

fantastic, im learning photo shop atm, the tools are great i could make a picture of a field and ducks with the similar animated style,. im studying fine arts diploma and all my mentors say that its about doing art inspired by and not called imitations or rip off anymore,.
well that's all have a great day everyone

(5 years and 1668 days ago)
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Guest says:

Great tutorial...wonderful end result!

(5 years and 1660 days ago)
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Guest says:

Great work and ignore the haters... you could easily apply this with a cartoon or family member to give it a interesting twist

(5 years and 1579 days ago)
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Guest says:

wow thats really good

(5 years and 1307 days ago)
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[banned] says:

wow thats mad good work

(5 years and 1307 days ago)
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Guest says:

FYI the world copies every artist styles.every style is copied.theres japanese manga thats a style.theres kawaii,theres chibi,theres art noveau thats an art style.theres pop surrealism thats a style.theres pointillism thats a style.So dont trash someone for choosing an art style that they fancy. Everyone ends up copying someone somehow when it comes to art.whether they use the same colors or paints or pastels or chalks or sculpture. You change it up to make it more you but every style is EVERY style. and im sure audrey kawasaki would love her art style to become as popular or even more popular than the more famous art styles that are out there. Stop being haters.this world has enough negativity in it dont bring it to the land of the arts.

(5 years and 901 days ago)

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