Hurray! Here is my latest character design. Meet Lady V.
Praise the Lord, this character was a lot of fun to design! She’s a charming scoundrel. She’s part of a story that I am creating. See if you can pick out the different periods in art that I was inspired by for her! There are actually quite a few…
Technically speaking, the process for the final character design is basically as follows and was created digitally in Photoshop:
Draw line work.
Paint flat local colors on new layer underneath line work layer.
Go back to your line layer, select and isolate the line work and paint it so that it compliments the local colors, such as using a lighter brown around the skin, or a darker brown around the eye makeup.
Above both the line and color layers, create shading with a Multiply layer – Keep it simple. Once painted, reduce the opacity of the shading layer as needed.
Above that layer, create highlights using an Overlay layer. Again, reduce opacity as needed.
Use one of your textures that is painterly and really vibrant in color, clip it to your character’s shape and play around with transparency filters such as Overlay. Test out the different colors in hue/saturation, and play with opacity until it gives an effect you like.
Keep experimenting with your piece until satisfied with the final design, and tah dah! Have fun digital painting!
P.S. Some of the concept artwork for her costume design variations were created in Procreate using a soft and textured technical pen.
Long time no post. Thanks for waiting and some exciting things have been going on over the past few months. Back in September, I closed my gallery and immediately started up my Masters in Illustration program with the Savannah College of Art and Design. It’s been intense and I am enjoying it!
The reason for the masters program is to hone my skills as a Visual Development artist. My passion is for art in the film industry and through my work, I want to make a difference and inspire others. Artists like Glen Keane, Jin Kim and Brittney Lee have been big inspirations to my life and work. While I’ve been keeping quiet on the blog, there’s been a lot developing in the studio. Most of the art you have seen on the blog has been along the fine art route, but here we go. I’m finally going to start posting my visual development works and character designs.
On the side, I have been writing a few Christian fiction novels as well, and some of these character designs are for the people in the stories. Also, some of my character designs are depictions of people who I know and some are simply for the joy of the art. So many personalities to explore and get to know!
Currently I am illustrating a children’s book for a local author so I will probably be posting some of those pages along the way as well.
Thank you everyone so much for your support! Have a marvelous weekend and God bless!