Step-by-step: De­sign a char­ac­ter that reads well

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

1 Start your thumb­nail­ing process off by draw­ing sil­hou­ettes with a medium-sized brush in Pho­to­shop. Don’t get hung up with de­tails, and force your­self to try out lots of dif­fer­ent shapes. I find that if I do 50 quick sketches, there are more than enough good ideas. 2 Once I’ve nar­rowed it down to just the sil­hou­ettes that I like the most, I en­large them and cre­ate a new layer above. Right- click the layer, se­lect Cre­ate Clip­ping Mask, and then use a brush set to medium grey to start defin­ing the main cos­tume shapes. 3 It’s time to pick a de­sign. Don’t just go for which­ever feels the most ex­cit­ing. Look for the one that most suc­cess­fully tells the story you wanted for that char­ac­ter. Now en­large it, re­duce the Opac­ity and start to sketch out the de­tails at a larger size.

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