Drawing a Balinese Barong Mask – Photoshop tutorial

The Head, Eyes and Nose

Step 1

Sketch the barong mask with a pencil and then scan it into your computer, or you can use this ready-made Barong Mask sketch.

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 2

Create a new 1800 x 2000 pixel document. Use the Pen Tool (P) to draw the image. Draw the head with the #a61a0d color setting and set the Pen Tool to Shape Layer.

Balinese Barong Mask

Every time we draw a path with Shape Layer setting, we will make a new layer automatically. But the layer will cover up the pencil sketch and may cause difficulties while drawing the full shape. I have a trick to overcome this problem You can decrease the opacity of the sketch until we can see the pencil line clearly.

Balinese Barong Mask

This decreased opacity setting is tentative. We will return it 100% later.

You can also try turning off the layer and turning on the path.

Balinese Barong Mask

No matter which method you choose, or if you have your own method the important thing is it aids your drawing.

Step 3

After drawing the head, draw the nose. The color setting for this is #831409. It is darker than the head.

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 4

Hide the head layer. Draw the right hole, left hole and divide for the nose. Use #dca115.

Balinese Barong Mask

To make a hole, we can use the Ellipse Tool. Then copy path (Ctrl / Cmd + C) and paste path (Ctrl / Cmd + V). Resize the new one smaller, then set subtract.

Balinese Barong Mask

We need to distort the hole in order to get a natural view. Just use Pen Tool (P).

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 5

Add these layer styles to the right hole, left hole and divide.

Drop Shadow

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 31%
  • Angle: 45º
  • Distance: 1 px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 1 px

Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Set to black
  • Technique: Softer
  • Size: 15 px

Bevel and Emboss

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 100%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 1 px
  • Angle: 45º

And collect them into one group.

Balinese Barong Mask

You will get this.

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 6

We need to add a dark side to parts of the nose. First, create a new layer in front of the left hole. Then set Blend Mode to Multiply. Then make a clipping mask (Cmd + Opt + G) / (Ctrl + Opt + G). Do the same to the Divide and Right Hole layers.

Balinese Barong Mask

Paint the sides dark with a soft round brush on the new layers. Paint with black and with a thin brush opacity setting; you can use 30%.

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 7

Do the same for the base of the nose with dark red. Create a new layer, set the Blend Mode to Multiply, and make a Clipping Mask, then paint the dark side with a thin opacity soft round brush. You may increase or decrease the opacity setting of the brush if needed but I prefer several thin brushing to just one thick brushing.

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 8

After that, add highlight to the nose. Create a Clipping Mask new layer with Screen blending mode. Paint the highlight white.

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 9

Draw a circle for the left eye. And give a Gradient Overlay to it with the following settings.

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 48%
  • Gradient: White to Black
  • Style: Radial
  • Angle: 90º
  • Scale: 139%
Balinese Barong Mask

We need to drag the point of the gradient position to the right.

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 10

Draw a red circle behind the black circle at the position below.

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 11

Draw a #d4d2bd circle behind the red circle. Add Drop Shadow and Inner Glow layer styles.

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 12

Again, draw a red circle and then a #d4d2bd circle again and add Inner Glow. Note the change in gradient.

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 75%
  • *Set the gradient #ad941d to transparent
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Size: 21 px
Balinese Barong Mask
Step 13

Create a shape for the frame of the eye with a #c3a720 color setting. And give it Drop Shadow and Bevel and Emboss.

Balinese Barong Mask

Draw this small shape and copy all layer effects from the eye frame. And the color setting also should be same, that is #c3a720.

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 14

For adding highlights to the eye, draw a shape (like below) in front of the eye part layers. Set the color to white and the opacity layer to 80%.

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 15

Add layer mask and then give it a linear gradient, black to white.

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 16

Add a small highlight. In a new layer, use a soft round brush in white like you see below. Collect them into one group.

Balinese Barong Mask
Step 17

Do the same way to the right eye. There will be a bit of a difference because of the angle of view. In this case, I didn’t make the small highlight because the right eye isn’t close to the light source.

Balinese Barong Mask

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