Create an amazing illustration using scraps

In this tutorial I will walk you through a few steps that will show you how I managed to create this illustration.

I would like to give all the credit for this to Chris Haines. He is a very talented designer from Australia and one of the depthCore artists.

When I saw his illustration named Skin I was really curious to imagine how he achieved the result so I took my own style, used some free stock and the result is actually really interesting.

Now that I managed to finish the work I thought I will share this with you.


Final image preview

This is the image you will create:


Step 1

First of all I would like to introduce to you the stock images that I have used for this: bridge, speedometer and more scrap.


Step 2

Next you need to cut out some of these objects. You will use these objects to create the head. The read spots are placed over the objects I have used to create the head.


Step 3

Now you need to place the objects on the document in a order. I have drawn a rough sketch of the head so I know where to place my objects.


Step 4

Now you need to start placing the objects you have cut one by one.


Step 5

Continue placing more objects. Don’t just place them as you get them, resize, rotate, transform them as you like.


Step 6

As you can see I am using some elements on my advantage. I am using the belts to create the hair and some to make the illusion that the head has been broken. Also I am using the type machine keys to give it some graphic effect. Just like some pieces are falling from the head. I am also using some pieces to create the lips. I will also delete the sketch I made.


Step 7

As you can see the face is starting to get its shape. The pieces are coming together. You need to continue adding more elements till you fill almost all the empty spots.


Step 8

You are finally finished creating the shape of the head. Next you need to work on creating the eye. You will create the eye using some elements from the scraps you used so far and with the help of the brush tool. I will use some parts from the typewriter and belts.


Step 9

Next you need to create a new layer and draw some white on that layer as I did.


Step 10

Next you need to use the settings I used for the Blending Options.



Step 11

Create a black circle in the center of the eye as I did. And also use my settings for the Blending Options.


Step 12

You have finished the whole building process. Now you need to start adding the lights and shadows. First of all you need to merge all the elements. Next you need to use the Burn Tool and start adding some shadow. You need to select a soft brush and also lower the Opacity to 15%. You want to build the effect gradually.


Step 13

Continue adding more shadow. Also you will need to use the Dodge Tool to add some light as well.



You are finished with the head. What you need to do next is to put a nice space background behind the head or maybe create one for yourself. After you make your background it is recommended that you play with the colors or maybe make the work black and white.

You can view the final color image below:

And here’s a black and white version:

Written exclusively for WDD by Constantin Potorac

Did you enjoy the tutorial? Have you tried it? Please share your comments with us!

  • Vinod

    This one’s great :)

  • Bogdan Pop

    Print this on an A3 or A2, then polish it with some oil coating, and you will definitely sell it for big bucks.

    Terrific !

  • Kristian

    Great tutorial! Perhaps a little more of this on your site would be great.

  • Jack

    This is cool!

  • Thomas | Brush King

    Great tutorial :)

  • Raymond Selda

    Amazing stuff! Its amazing what amazing talent and Photoshop can create! Thanks!

  • Luxxe

    Thank you for this great tutorial


    this is great for every designer or even for beginners too :)

    Suraish Patel

  • Aaron

    Neat tutorial!
    I’m afraid I don’t have the patience to do something like this, but maybe someday I’ll give it a shot. Bookmarked & dugg!

  • buddhistMonkey

    If you don’t won’t to merge everything to do the Dodge & Burn, you can create a layer above all of the “junk,” and set it to Overlay mode. Then, paint on that layer with Black or White. Painting with Black on an Overlay layer has a similar effect to using the Burn tool, while painting with White creates a Dodge effect. You can do this on the same layer, or create two different Overlay layers (which I name “Dodge” and “Burn”). If you wanted, too, you could paint with color (like a dark blue instead of black), which will burn and colorize at the same time. The effect isn’t identical to using the Dodge/Burn tools, so you may need to merge everything after all, but usually, it’s pretty close — and, of course, it’s live.

  • Page Gardens

    Wow, lots of new stuff I didn’t know. Great tutorial.

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  • Niels

    Good tutorial! I was looking for something like this for a while!

  • Janos

    Funny thing. For some more inspiration look at the paintings of Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

  • dungiis

    This is awesome. Try to test it

  • Failcyclopedia

    This is an absolutely amazing concept. I want to try this when I have some time, but I think with something other than a head. Possibly a human head like this on an animal or something. We shall see!

  • Mohammed

    Very nice tutorial, i loved the idea very much. You choosed the perfect background for the head.


  • Chris Haines

    Not exactly how i went about making the artwork, but a good try. I’m flattered, i do however wish someone had contacted me to ask for my permission first.

  • Constantin Potorac

    Hi Chris,

    Just wanted to let you know I am a big fan. When I saw your work I decided to try and make something similar to your result. Off course I realize you did it a more different way.

    After a few months I was asked to write a tutorial about the result I got. As I said I give all the credit to you and did not tried to steal your ideas. Just use it. :)

    By the way… what has happened with your website? I would love to see more of your work.

  • Seth Ridley

    Wow, amasing stuff, that is a great tutorial and a really special end result. Constantin, where is your tutorial, I’d be interested to see it myself. We have a few good tutorials pposted here if anyone is interested:

    I’ll check back to see what else you come up with over the coming months, and thanks again.

  • myfr3ak

    Very nice tutorial!

  • Onokhov

    fabulous tutorial!

  • Vectora Ramirez

    Impressive . I will try it in 5 minutes wish me luck;) !