A de­tailed fig­ure within a scene

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1 Rough sketch

Be­fore start­ing ev­ery pro­ject, I take some time to vi­su­alise my paint­ing. That’s one rea­son why I don’t spend too much time on de­tails, be­cause as I al­ready have the over­all look and de­sign in my mind. I work on a rough lay­out and ba­sic de­sign; the line art will be cov­ered up with colour later on.

2 Base colours

This is my colour de­sign stage. I play around with ba­sic colours, and mix and match dif­fer­ent colour set­tings to achieve the right com­bi­na­tions. There have been times when I’ve changed the en­tire colour scheme half­way through the paint­ing process, so noth­ing is set in stone un­til I’m fin­ished.

3 In­tro­duc­ing de­tails

When it comes to de­tail paint­ing, it’s cru­cial to study the ma­te­ri­als on show, be­cause each have dif­fer­ent high­lights, am­bi­ence and shad­ows. I en­hance the main char­ac­ter, giv­ing her a stronger con­trast and em­pha­sis­ing the colours com­pared to the rest in or­der to make the fig­ure stand out.

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