Step-by-step: Build­ing up the emo­tion of a scene

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

1 With a rel­a­tively sim­ple com­po­si­tion like this one, I gen­er­ally like to work in black and white first be­fore I bring in any colour. This en­ables me to con­cen­trate purely on the com­po­si­tion and lay­out of my scene. It also means I can work quite fast and can quickly sketch my de­sign. I want to cre­ate a static cam­era an­gle to help fo­cus on the char­ac­ter in the im­age. 3 Colour can fi­nally be added into the scene. I de­lib­er­ately choose a more de­sat­u­rated colour pal­ette as an ex­ten­sion of the char­ac­ter’s mood. He looks bored and a lit­tle de­pressed, and I want to carry this feel­ing into the en­vi­ron­ment, too. The young king is still the main fo­cus of the im­age how­ever, and the level of de­tail is grad­u­ally be­ing built up. 2 I con­tinue to work in black and white, and flesh out de­tails in my de­sign of the char­ac­ter’s cos­tume and throne. The shapes are still fairly chunky so I can quickly make ad­just­ments where nec­es­sary. I fo­cus a lot on the fig­ure’s po­si­tion­ing to make sure that he ap­pears bored and un­in­ter­ested. It’s cru­cial that the im­age reads well now, be­fore I take it any fur­ther. 4 Even­tu­ally, I reach the fi­nal stages of the im­age. I in­clude a warm light source to beam down on the char­ac­ter to help sep­a­rate him a lit­tle more from the bleak sur­round­ings. De­tail­ing is given to the face and up­per body to help fo­cus the viewer’s eye. It’s also im­por­tant to cap­ture a bored ex­pres­sion on the char­ac­ter’s face to sell the im­age and how un­in­ter­ested he is.

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