Step-by-step: Paint a gi­ant mush­room

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Imagine Nation Artist Q&A -

1 A por­trait im­age shows the height of the cen­tral fun­gus best. I draw with the Pre­cise Pen­cil set­ting, on a pa­per with re­duced grain size. I work across sev­eral lay­ers, merg­ing them later. My pen­cil work in­cludes some di­rec­tional shad­ing to help de­scribe form.

2 I add warm wa­ter­colour tones on lay­ers set to Mul­ti­ply, and opaque body colour for se­lected el­e­ments on stan­dard lay­ers us­ing the Chalk tool. I block in back­ground colour val­ues on lay­ers be­hind: a clear sky and greens and ochres for the ground.

3 I carry on build­ing up val­ues and forms, still re­ly­ing on Pen­cil, Chalk, Wa­ter­color and Pal­ette Knife (Blender). The fi­nal part is in­tro­duc­ing the fin­ish­ing de­tails, many of which are ren­dered opaquely on a layer above the rest. Just have fun!

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