How I developed… a desert environment
1 Composition and perspective
This is the first step and also the most important. I use three-point perspectives to help me find a simple composition. The curves of the dragon’s body, lighting and shadows help to create visual flow through to the left corner of the image.
2 Taking inspiration for the design
The second step is the most difficult one. After making a simple silhouette based on step one, I use textures as inspiration to help me develop the details in the scene. They’re a shortcut inasmuch as they help me visualise the final, painted surface.
3 Adjustment and rendering
This is the final step. After developing enough details in my designs, I slightly adjust the composition and the pose. During this stage I also increase the detailing in the focal point, and reduce distracting details elsewhere, to increase the impact of my painting.