Today we want to see how we can draw from scratch a dark warrior-like character for D&D, like a fallen (a lot!) Paladin, a Chaotic Evil fighter with an Entropy-ridden helm, a demonic footman or, simply, a Warhammer Fantasy Chaos Warrior!
Used software/hardware: Photoshop CS3 + intuos wacom
Realization time: 3-4 hours
This is an all-digital experiment of creation of a complete drawing.
I started by directly sketching, upon a white layer, an outline with a brush in multiply mode.
Done sketching, I used a thin enough black brush on another layer, for the ‘inking’ of the layer itself. I’ll say that this is the most technical phase.
Getting to the final effect, the one I wanted to obtain, I did complete only the top part, due to my proverbial laziness 🙂
Now, I “threw” in the colors of the warrior various parts on another layer – they had to be colors for skin and bones – settled the general effect, I then went to shadows and lights.
Shadows are inserted in a mode multiply layer, working both with gray levels and with multiple tone colors; you can also use broad brushes with very blurred edges.
Here I use very soft colors, for lights, on another layer.
And now I went to add a few scratches and other small effects on the armor. If you are interested, I can even write a post on how to do this signs.
Let’s retrace back a little bit and compare all that we did in the previous steps! Click the pictures to enlarge them in another sheet.
The last two steps are, actually, to work with the picture layout. First is adding the background and a cloud effect layer, this is useful to make the figure less static (also to cover mistakes and the missing legs ;-)). And while I am at it, I give my warrior some flaming eyes!
Second, I import all on Inkscape or Illustrator to insert title and signature (quite useless but nevertheless amusing too!).
Ta Dah! Care to leave some comments?