Putting Rorschach to the test
I create some random marks on the canvas. No matter what comes out, I try to see something interesting in the resulting shapes. Then I double them, flip them, rotate them, and manipulate them with the Transform and Warp tools to generate something that look like either a helmet or a mask that my character would wear. This approach also works well when quickly concepting sci-fi vehicles, ships or robots. Once everything is in place, I often finish either painting my figure or using the rectangular Lasso tool to work out my shape into something that’s more readable. Finally, I make a mask out of my shapes and start painting inside and outside of them to incorporate them into my painting.