Step-by-step: Cre­at­ing a strong story mo­ment

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Imagine Nation -

I be­gin by mak­ing sure the body lan­guage and fa­cial ex­pres­sion are telling the story I want it to. The war­rior is hurt, so the pose needs to re­flect that. She’s slightly hunched over, grip­ping her side, and is hav­ing to shift her weight on to her long­bow in or­der to stand. Her fa­cial ex­pres­sion needs to show ex­haus­tion. I now choose the colours and val­ues. To main­tain my theme of a quiet af­ter­math, I avoid any­thing that would im­ply or evoke ex­cite­ment: stark con­trasts of value or colour, overly sat­u­rated hues, for ex­am­ple. I try to keep my value shifts sub­tle, and con­fine my colour choices to one area of the colour wheel. I add small de­tails to sug­gest at what has hap­pened to her. I paint dried blood spat­ters of her en­e­mies, show scratches and dented ar­mour, place one re­main­ing arrow in her quiver and give her torn cloth­ing. The im­age should be suc­cess­ful with­out these de­tails, but they add an ex­tra level of depth.

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