How I create… An original dynamic duo
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.