How can I dress my warrior in animal furs?
when designing an outfit for a character i’ll pick a main element, then add a couple of complementary materials to help sell it and balance the design as a whole. i’ve heard it said that one usually wants to have about three different materials in a design to help separate each form.
For this example i decide to dress a warrior in some wolf pelts. the grey wolf fur will be what defines the main shapes, and i’ll counter the soft fur with some leather, and then lastly the exposed skin of our character with a splash of red blood. to add to the mood of the character i want to put him in a dynamic pose with a lot of movement. i decide that a simple triangular composition would suit the aggressiveness and power i want to convey. Finally, i throw in a simple background to tie the illustration together. and since i want to focus on the character and his movement, i keep the image loose and implied.
Using a variety of materials – in this case, the character’s skin, leather and the animal fur – helps separate and define each element of the character’s design.