Step-by-step: Paint out­side the fan­tasy box

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I block in some of my evil uni­corn’s form in a rough sketch. Typ­i­cally, uni­corns are shown as stand­ing around look­ing pretty and serene, so I give my sub­ject a more dy­namic, charg­ing pose. Ref­er­ence will al­ways help you out when de­cid­ing upon a pose or ges­ture. I tend to use Flickr and Pin­ter­est, or I shoot my own.

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I pay at­ten­tion to the set­ting, which is key be­cause it gives con­text to the sub­ject. I want it to be an iso­lated, cold en­vi­ron­ment, which is dif­fer­ent to the cosy woods where a uni­corn may usu­ally hang out. A sweep­ing snows­cape would com­ple­ment the tone of the piece, along with some omi­nous-look­ing storm clouds.

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When de­tail­ing your sub­ject, think about your choices when it comes to iconic or recog­nis­able el­e­ments of it’s de­sign. For this uni­corn’s horn. I look up some ref­er­ence for dif­fer­ent types of an­i­mal horns, and chose one that’s less stream­lined, jagged, and per­haps a lit­tle more fit for im­pal­ing a gnome or two.

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