venerdì 26 dicembre 2014

Prehistoric ocean wip

Some days ago Ptr asked me some pieces of information about the working process of 'Prehistoric ocean', so I thought it could be nice to share with you all the principal step I took to have this final effect.

So here we go:

1) Layout and pencil drawing:
This is the most important part of my work: the part where I take my pencil, a piece of paper and sketch the idea first, and then I go on refining it till I have a result I am satisfied with:

2) Flat colours:
After I have scanned my illustration I start digital thinking: the first step is to clean up the image, erasing the excess of pencil's scratchs and to define the different areas I'll paint using flat colours:

(I'm sorry for the low quality image, but I just took a screenshot while I was working and don't have better resolution image of this step)

3) Changing outlines' colour and adding volume:
After I decide the colours of the different areas of the illustration I change the colour of the pencil outline into something more similar to the principal colour of every area. Then I use a colour at halfway between the outline new colour and the principal colour and a soft brush to levelout the colours and define the volumes:

4) Light and shadows:
Now I have my volumes setted, it's time to put some shadows and light on every element. I usually prefer to define the shadow with a colour (this time blue) using the same for every object in the picture. I draw the light then, it's a bit complicate because you have to use different methods for every different kind of surface: e.g. a stone does not reflect light as a fish's skin does.

5) Textures:
since the setting is ocean dept I tried to obtain a sort of 'sea wave effect', adding a texture:

8 commenti:

  1. Bellissimo , come sempre belli effetti di rilievo . Sto facendo uno Spinosaurus per il momento per una commanda , la preistoria mi piace molto .
    Ciao .

    1. Spero che farai un post a riguardo: anche io amo la preistoria, ma il mio preferito è da sempre il triceratops ;)

  2. bellissima, la spiegazione passo a passo!

    1. Grazie! spero sia comprensibile: già ho difficoltà a spiegare passo passo il processo in italiano, figurati in una lingua che non è la mia!

  3. Thank you for this behind the scenes story on a lovely little piece. For someone with no art background I am always grateful for any information on how artists bring their work to life. :)

    1. Thanks FEM, I'll try to do more WIP posts in 2015 ;)

  4. Thankyou very much for this look behind the "scenes".The creative process is always very interessting because then you get a glimse of the artist soul and thoughts.I think your artwork is personal and also that you are gifted.Keep on painting!Ciao/Peter

    1. Tack Peter, I'll made more behind-the-scenes posts like this for the next works :D



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