Prep­ping the im­age

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I like us­ing flat coloured lay­ers as an­other test for the colours and val­ues. The great thing about this graphic ver­sion of the im­age is that I can use it later to grab se­lec­tions of those dif­fer­ent parts of the im­age. I just keep a stack of lay­ers or a flat­coloured ver­sion un­der the im­age and then se­lect them as nec­es­sary later.

Start the un­der­paint­ing

Once I’m happy with the rough, I start with my back­ground. I’ll some­times begin with a colour that I wouldn’t mind show­ing through the cracks in the paint­ing – in this case a bright or­ange that pushes the in­ten­sity of the scene where it peeks through the back­ground. I paint enough of the back­ground in to set the con­text for the char­ac­ters.

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