This picture represent a fantasy musician able to play harp on a spider web. I paint it as a personal piece, and it was a really big and fragile work. I thanks 3Dvf.com and Tdt3D.be users to help me in my WIP.
Idea and Sketch
I often draw a lot of sketch, on computer or on paper. Each idea are precious, and combining them are often a great deal to have original content. Firstly I wanted to draw a girl with a big dragon head up on her shoulder. In drawing the tiles skin of the dragon head from side, I wanted to dispose them in a particular way. That's why I decide to make them around the point of eyes. The pattern finally obtained was like a spider web : immediately I change my original idea to this new theme, changing the low part of neck of the dragon in a tree, and his eyes on a spider.
Digitalise it and first grays
After scan it a first time with a low definition ( 150dpi is enough ) I start to blur all with a Gaussian blur before cut the element with selection tool under Photoshop CS2. I define with this way some layers : a background I fill with a circular gradient and a foreground composed of the "character" layer and the "tree" layer. I paint some part with a dark brush to have a start of interesting "material" to paint on after.
You have a question in mind - Why blur at first ? Cause I want a smooth details, and the scan have a lot of grain and sharp details of pencils stroke. After blurring make the painting more simplest for my way to paint.
My separate layers are ideal to treat separately the background or the foreground. On the foreground I paint the most with Painter 9.5 digital airbrush / and Blenders, I like acrylics too (for the trunk brush stroke , for example).
I help myself with a Daz 3D characters (Victoria). I setup the same type of pose, some lights for the head and the hand. It's make a good reference and a low-cost poser girl :) . Sometimes I print this reference to make more place on my screen. I try to paint using all the grays levels: from the white light to the darkest shadows I can.
On the background, I create a custom brush stroke to start to have some organics material. You can surely easily guess the shape of this brush on the visual behind. To had some more chaos, I make another layer on my background with a cloud filter (photoshop) and erase it a bit.
I add another layer for foreground plants and vegetations (darker to divide the plan the best). I draw the web on a new layer using the photoshop paths. I block the transparency and I paint with white grays to have shiny spider web.
I finally paste on the top of my layers various textures ( concrete / paint textures / wall photos ) I combine with layer effect, opacity and eraser. This add a good paper texture to the picture.
On the top of all my layers I had a layer with the "color" mode. I paint with a simple round airbrush some colors. I try different color scheme cause it's easy to change without spending much time. (here you can see a version with blue colors, I studing at this moment. I'm happy to kept this screen somewhere on my disc cause it's a good exemple on how the color play on the mood of the total scene ). My final colors will be as a start of autumn : orange / green / yellow / brown.
Hope you enjoy this tutorial. Have a creative day ! - DeeVad
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