Can you please help me paint the scarred wings of a creature war­rior?

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Gra­ham Davis, Eng­land

Bram replies

When paint­ing scarred wings it’s al­ways a good idea to work with Layer Masks. Th­ese will en­able you to tear and de­stroy your wings as much as you like, with­out ac­tu­ally los­ing your hard-earned pix­els. So with that in mind you might as well start out by paint­ing fully in­tact wings and cut­ting away on them later.

The first step is block­ing out the form of the wings on a sep­a­rate layer. Once you have the ba­sic form laid down, start adding monochro­matic val­ues. Look­ing up some ref­er­ence of in­sect wings will come in help­ful. Care­fully study how in­sect wings are con­structed and try to mimic that in your paint­ing. No­tice how the big planes are made up of lit­tle facets. This will en­able you to de­stroy them in an log­i­cal way later on in the paint­ing process.

Keep on adding de­tail, and look for a support colour. Most in­sect wings are shiny and will sub­tly change colour to­wards the base of the wings. Fi­nally, add a mask to the layer (click the Layer Mask but­ton in the bot­tom of Pho­to­shop’s layer pal­ette). With black as the fore­ground colour and a sharp brush you can now scar away as much as you want. Don’t go over­board though, but try to make the wings looked scarred like they would be in na­ture. Facets can be cut out, but the skele­ton of the wings will for the most part re­main in­tact.

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