How I cre­ate… new art for an old ta le

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The alchemy of shapes

Geo­met­ric shapes can have mul­ti­ple sym­bolic mean­ings. They can also be used to great ef­fect as com­po­si­tional el­e­ments. I’ve used con­cen­tric cir­cles to rep­re­sent pro­tec­tion and magic, but also as a vis­ual tar­get right in the mid­dle of the im­age.

1 Defin­ing a value struc­ture

Af­ter get­ting thumb­nails ap­proved by the client, I start a value study. This will help bring any com­po­si­tional prob­lems to the sur­face. A strong value struc­ture also makes adding colour eas­ier. At this stage the im­age should read clearly, even with limited vis­ual in­for­ma­tion.

2 Cre­at­ing in­ter­est with line work

Af­ter the value study is com­pleted, the line work can be added on a sep­a­rate layer. I use mul­ti­ple lay­ers so I can fine-tune form and de­tail. The line fol­lows the form to add a sense of move­ment and shape.

3 A limited pal­ette

I add colour last, and I’m re­strained with my colour use. Since this is Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood, I end up us­ing red. I work in Pho­to­shop with Mul­ti­ply, Over­lay, Screen, and Color Dodge to achieve the look I want.

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