Cleaner tran­si­tions

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Com­pli­cated colour shifts, such as the pat­terned gra­di­ent of the yel­low feath­ers, are dif­fi­cult to paint and can be­come con­fus­ing for the viewer if you’re not care­ful. So I cre­ate a sep­a­rate ver­sion of the red feath­ers on a sep­a­rate layer, then use Curves to change it to yel­low. A Layer Mask on an Eraser brush can be used to man­age the tran­si­tion.

Au­gust 2015

Back­ground de­tail

As I go, I care­fully add de­tail into the back­ground. I want the hill­side in the back­ground to be rocky, but not in­ter­est­ing. I want the ex­plo­sion to be en­er­getic, but not dis­tract­ing. I don’t add all the de­tail at once be­cause al­ter­nat­ing be­tween the char­ac­ter and the back­ground helps me see prob­lem spots.

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