How I cre­ate… A fall­ing fig­ure

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1 Cap­ture the best pose I start off by pro­duc­ing a se­ries of rough sketches that help fi­nalise the com­po­si­tion, char­ac­ter pose and ac­ces­sories. I cre­ate be­tween two and three lay­ers over a sketch be­fore I ac­tu­ally re­fine my art. I take it slow at this stage so I don’t muddy the line art. 2 Lay­er­ing and clean­ing up I love this stage the most, be­cause it in­volves fix­ing ev­ery small de­tail of ev­ery­thing in the im­age. I also have to de­cide what el­e­ments of the im­age go on which lay­ers. I’ll go back to the re­fined sketch layer when­ever I’m un­cer­tain how I should progress. 3 Colour­ing and light­ing Right from the start of the process I have a rough idea about the light­ing and colour I’ll be de­pict­ing. I pre­fer to fill in el­e­ments us­ing a solid colour, so that any fu­ture colour ad­just­ments will be easy to do later on. I also ap­ply a sim­ple shadow here.

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