Lines, ges­ture, com­po­si­tion

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Workshops -

The be­gin­ning is the hard­est and most im­por­tant part of the whole process. It might take hours of thumb­nail­ing to reach this point, or you may quickly stum­ble across a de­cent sketch. My goal is to cre­ate a por­trait with eye con­tact and room for text and other for­mat­ting. I keep my lines very loose and fo­cus on struc­ture and com­po­si­tion with­out get­ting into de­tails.

Fe­bru­ary 2015

Value block in

I’m try­ing to de­cide on a lot of things. What will the de­sign be like? Where’s the light com­ing from? Which el­e­ments are darker or lighter than each other and how will this af­fect the com­po­si­tion? You’ll have an eas­ier time paint­ing by stick­ing with lines un­til the draw­ing is locked down, but some­times I want to ex­per­i­ment with my work­flow by div­ing straight in.

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