Step-by-step: Il­lus­trate a cloak that’s seen bet­ter days

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1 I start with a quick piece of line art, then choose a colour scheme. The char­ac­ter’s cos­tume will be quite dark with the bot­tom of the cloak float­ing in the air. My colours are de­sat­u­rated, but I’ll add brighter light and pat­terns later. It’s im­por­tant to find the gen­eral shape of the cloak. I want to show off the torn edges to en­hance the aged look of the fab­ric.

2 I quickly paint the key fab­ric folds, fol­low­ing my line art and adding tears to the fab­rics. I also want the cloak to look al­most like silk so that it floats around my char­ac­ter. To achieve this ef­fect I add more colour vari­a­tions and tiny folds ev­ery­where. I use a cus­tom brush to paint and sketch be­cause I need to have a lot of tex­ture to make this el­e­ment look con­vinc­ing.

3 At this point the char­ac­ter needs to be brought to life. The cloak is too much de­sat­u­rated so I boost the colour scheme with a more vi­brant red. Then I re­fine the torn parts, us­ing a tex­tured brush to in­tro­duce more colour vari­a­tions and re­al­ism to the fab­ric. I also add some holes here and there: this is a nice vis­ual de­tail to ac­cen­tu­ate the old, worn look of the cloak.

4 To give the fab­ric a deca­dent look, I add some golden and pur­ple pat­terns. I use a tex­tured brush with very soft edges be­cause I don’t want the re­sult to be too neat; the pat­terns are old and worn. To re­in­force this idea, I add some golden loose threads with a very fine brush. The em­broi­dery pat­tern gives a story to the gar­ment and hints at my char­ac­ter’s tragic story.

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