High­lights and ac­cents

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

Re­flec­tions and high­lights are fun to paint, but they can be dis­tract­ing to the viewer if you’re not care­ful. Keep­ing spec­u­lar high­lights on a sep­a­rate layer as I paint en­ables me to ad­just their in­ten­sity and po­si­tion with­out mess­ing around with the matte sur­faces un­der­neath.

Use of big shapes

I see good com­po­si­tion as a se­ries of large shapes that di­rect at­ten­tion to a se­ries of smaller shapes. Once I think of the back­ground ex­plo­sion as a larger shape, it’s ob­vi­ous that I need to group its val­ues to­gether so it redi­rects at­ten­tion to the smaller shapes in the girl. So I paint or­ange over the area us­ing an Over­lay layer.

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