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Kerin - Painting a fantasy character design

As I do with most of my images, I collected a lot of different references, for poses and the like, before starting to sketch. The one that really caught my eye, and basically determined the direction for the rest of the character, was a picture of a red and white striped tunic with a leather strapped puffy sleeve on top.


I wanted the character to be cheeky and like he was someone that likes to joke around with people a lot, so I tried to get that across in his expression.

From the scribble in my sketchbook, I did a more refined sketch in Photoshop.

I really like sketching in non-photo blue, be it traditional or digital. Something about the color feels really soothing to me.

I put the sketch on a multiply layer on top and below I used the lasso tool, to create the local color shapes. Using only local colors at first, without any regard to lighting, I can focus on the shapes and overall color contrast. Then I started shading the shapes, also under neutral lighting.

After putting in more detail, I started using some cool overlay and multiply layers to create shadows and added some final details!







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