Paint­ing the Fe­male Knight

Car­a­van Stu­dio’s Mar­garetta Devi re­veals her ap­proach for il­lus­trat­ing beau­ti­ful manga faces

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“Fo­cus on the fa­cial ar­eas you want to stand out, such as the eyes and lips. Paint­ing eye­brows and eye­lids with thick lines that fade to­wards the end gives a more nat­u­ral look. Add high­lights, us­ing the Color Dodge tool in Pho­to­shop, on small ar­eas like the pupil and lower part of the eye. Fi­nally, some skin-tone colour on the lips will make the char­ac­ter look more nat­u­ral.”

1 Base colours

“I ap­ply a base colour to the back­ground and char­ac­ter, then high­lights and shad­ows, re­flect­ing colours on the metal. I de­tail the face and hair, and a trans­par­ent fab­ric to show a wind ef­fect.”

2 Tweak­ing de­tails

“I no­tice that the hair isn’t pro­por­tional with the body, so I sim­plify it to give her face more promi­nence. I make the back­ground hill clearer, add float­ing is­lands, and colour the sky.”

3 Light­ing ef­fects

“I en­hance the staff’s light­ing ef­fect by dark­en­ing the back­ground with a Lev­els ad­just­ment. I cre­ate the glow ef­fect by us­ing a Nor­mal layer blend­ing mode with an Outer Glow ef­fect.”

4 Colour tweaks

“To em­pha­sise the mood, I add high­light de­tails to the il­lu­mi­nated part of the staff, and fly­ing leaves. Af­ter fin­ish­ing the de­tails, it’s time for fi­nal colour ad­just­ments, and I play around with Lev­els, Con­trast and Sat­u­ra­tion.”

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