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Han­dling depth with edges

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1 Af­ter quickly block­ing in the back­ground colours of the for­est and the sil­hou­ette of the crea­ture, I start to add the pri­mary light sources and shad­ows. I don’t worry about the whole mouth area be­cause I know that it’s go­ing to be my main fo­cal area. To em­pha­sise this I make an ef­fort to lay down brush­strokes that point to­wards the mouth. 2 I bring in a warmer light source, which helps to make the pal­ette of the im­age more in­ter­est­ing, and then start de­tail­ing the com­po­si­tion. I want to give the im­age a pain­terly feel, so I add de­tails that ra­di­ate out from the fo­cal area by hav­ing the small­est brush­strokes around the crea­ture’s mouth and teeth, and paint­ing more loosely to­wards the edges. 3 I ap­ply more con­trast and def­i­ni­tion to ev­ery­thing and then use var­i­ous cus­tom brushes to give more tex­ture to the im­age. I de­fine the dif­fer­ent lines of teeth – which is the key fea­ture of the mon­ster – and bet­ter de­fine the fur. Then it’s sim­ply a case of ap­ply­ing fi­nal tweaks and mak­ing mi­nor ad­just­ments, along with any spe­cial ef­fects.

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