Ex­pand on the cy­ber­punk genre

Valentina Re­me­nar re­veals her process for con­cept­ing and il­lus­trat­ing a cy­ber­punk-themed char­ac­ter who’s both fa­mil­iar, yet orig­i­nal

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Valentina Re­me­nar cre­ates a fa­mil­iar but orig­i­nal fig­ure.

De­sign­ing a genre-based orig­i­nal char­ac­ter is fun and re­ward­ing, but chal­leng­ing. As artists, we strive for orig­i­nal­ity, but this can be dif­fi­cult in an in­dus­try where ev­ery­thing seems to have al­ready been done. Your char­ac­ter needs to be fa­mil­iar enough that they are re­lat­able, but au­then­tic enough to stand out. Strik­ing the per­fect bal­ance can be tough, es­pe­cially when you need to catch the viewer’s eye with a sin­gle im­age. The most im­por­tant part of any im­age is the com­po­si­tion and it’s where I spend the most time. Try­ing to meet tight dead­lines is stress­ful, but tak­ing my time is where I don’t com­pro­mise, be­cause the com­po­si­tion dic­tates the rest of the artis­tic process. Un­less you’re happy with your com­po­si­tion, you’ll have a dif­fi­cult time mov­ing smoothly through sub­se­quent steps.

Here I’ll show you how I cre­ate an orig­i­nal char­ac­ter il­lus­tra­tion af­ter I’ve de­cided on the com­po­si­tion. I’ll show you my stages on sketch­ing, de­tail­ing, us­ing colour, lay­ers and fil­ters, cre­at­ing the right at­mos­phere and tex­tur­ing the piece to fit its in­tended genre.

Where cy­ber­punk is con­cerned, there are spe­cific el­e­ments that make the genre iden­ti­fi­able to its fans. The high-tech/ low-life as­pect of cy­ber­punk cul­ture is key, so in cre­at­ing this char­ac­ter il­lus­tra­tion I have to be sure to con­vey this in­te­gral piece of the sub­ject.

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