How I cre­ate… A cir­cle of flames

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Artist Insight | Harry Potter -

Strong com­po­si­tion

Dum­ble­dore’s cir­cle of flame both frames Harry and Dum­ble­dore, and adds some depth by break­ing up the lay­ers of In­feri (the un­dead in­hab­i­tants of the lake). The first step is to block in a strong base colour, in Pho­to­shop, with big tex­tured brushes, bold marks and a free-flow­ing hand.

Brush work

I want the flames to be full of move­ment and to re­ally bring the cover paint­ing to life. I flip be­tween Pho­to­shop and Painter in al­most all of my work, and here I use a va­ri­ety of Painter 12’s Real Bris­tle and Flat Oil brushes, to build up lay­ers of colour and tex­ture.

Adding de­tail

I’m not af­ter a re­al­is­tic de­pic­tion of flames. My char­ac­ters are stylised and so I can carry that over into the scenes, ef­fects and light­ing. I con­tinue to build up colours and tex­ture us­ing Painter and Pho­to­shop, then add blood-or­ange glows on the edge of the flames, and light­ing ef­fects on the char­ac­ters.

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