Fire is more about colour than shape

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

Pho­to­shop has a great Fill layer type that remaps value to a cus­tomis­able gra­di­ent, and quickly makes fire ef­fects. Start with a group and set it to Screen. On the bot­tom, cre­ate a black layer and an empty layer for paint­ing on. Then cre­ate a Gra­di­ent Map layer and ad­just the gra­di­ent to fall through the ef­fect’s colours. Fi­nally, paint with white in the empty layer.

Fe­bru­ary 2015

Spirit ar­mour

I want to show that the Witch Queen no longer has true phys­i­cal­ity of her own. It’s more be­liev­able if there’s noth­ing vul­ner­a­ble to chop or stab. I also want to im­part a visual con­nec­tion and some ex­tra threat to the Morgul blade. Flat black, but surg­ing with en­ergy, melt­ing the scab­bard it’s be­ing drawn from. Seems dan­ger­ous to me.

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