Can you help me paint a dripping wet character?
July 2016 Mai Tobray, Canada
When I approach a drawing, I like to imagine its back-story. For this article I choose to represent a merman who’s climbed out of the water to listen a girl while she’s reading a book.
I choose a point of view slightly from above, which enables me to show the merman’s watery environment, his relaxed posture that he adopts while listening, his tail, part of the boat and the girl. I place her on the side of the image, so that the merman remains the focus of the scene.
Next I sketch the background, so I can choose where to place the primary light source. Its position is crucial because of the reflective surface of the sea water. Then I add the waves and the background rocks.
Now I can start to paint the merman. I choose a slightly cool shade for the skin because most of the character will be in the key light shadow and there’ll be a cool blue colour for the ambient light. I don’t introduce too many highlights because later on I’ll define the body with a shining colour to simulate wet skin.
I paint water dripping off my merman using a Scattered brush and a light colour.