How I cre­ate… a Sci-fi war­rior on the bat­tle­field

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Workshops -

1 Mak­ing a rough sketch

I usu­ally begin in black and white. I cre­ate a rough com­po­si­tion and sketch for the char­ac­ter, us­ing large black sur­faces so I can quickly de­fine the pose, the out­fit and the com­po­si­tion. I also use 3D el­e­ments on the char­ac­ter’s torso. I model and ren­der this in ZBrush, then place it on the sketch.

2 Start pho­to­bash­ing

Now I com­bine my manga paint­ing style with pho­to­bash­ing. I use cropped pho­tos of var­i­ous mo­tor parts and place them around the char­ac­ter so it looks like he has a me­chan­i­cal suit and arm. I start de­tail­ing the char­ac­ter and add colours us­ing Over­lay and Soft Light layer modes.

3 Set­ting the back­ground

Now that my char­ac­ter is look­ing more fin­ished, I de­cide that I need to change the com­po­si­tion slightly. I move the fig­ure to the cen­tre, which will en­able the viewer to see more of the en­vi­ron­ment. I want it to look like he’s stand­ing in an aban­doned ru­ined build­ing, so I place var­i­ous el­e­ments around him ran­domly.

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