How I cre­ate… An orig­i­nal dy­namic duo

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1 Warm up by sketch­ing

I spend time re­search­ing to get a feel for the sub­ject, then pro­duce some rough thumb­nails. This also acts as a warm-up ex­er­cise. Once I’ve picked a good thumb­nail sketch, I do an­other pass to clean up the shapes, com­po­si­tions and de­sign. I keep the drawing rough, which will give me room for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion later on.

2 Stick to the line work

I set the line work to Mul­ti­ply and paint un­der­neath the line, so I don’t go off-piste too early. I start with a midrange value be­cause it’s eas­ier and faster to push and pull the vol­ume. I try to re­tain the feel­ing and emo­tion by play­ing with the colour tem­per­a­ture. Rather than fo­cus­ing on one area, I de­velop the im­age as a whole.

3 Pro­gres­sive paint­ing

Once I’m happy with the base colour, I merge the char­ac­ters’ lay­ers and begin paint­ing on top. I use the soft Air­brush to keep ev­ery­thing or­ganic and smooth look­ing, and grad­u­ally switch to finer and harder brushes. I ex­per­i­ment with fil­ters and colours, keep­ing an eye out for happy ac­ci­dents that might pro­duce awe­some re­sults.

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