Step-by-step:

Turn a fig­ure into a cursed crea­ture

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

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On the left, I start with a hu­man form in the scene to give my­self a base with real anatomy to al­ter for the mu­ta­tion. On the right is the spi­der mu­tant sketch I cre­ate with a mix of las­so­ing el­e­ments to copy and free trans­form them, be­fore paint­ing over them to build out new forms.

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Dur­ing the ren­der phase, I add an ear­ring to my fig­ure as an ex­tra touch to show hu­man­ity. To make a clean hol­low cir­cu­lar shape you can use the El­lip­ti­cal Mar­quee tool in Quick Mask mode (press Q). If you mask the area you want se­lected, a quick in­vert se­lec­tion will do the trick.

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In­cor­po­rat­ing the dif­fer­ent ways that a crea­ture’s skin pits or shines in the light can help cre­ate con­trast to the for­merly hu­man form. To help add in some of th­ese tex­tures I use a va­ri­ety of pal­ette knife-style cus­tom brushes made by Kyle Web­ster ( http://ifxm. ag/k-t-w).

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