How I create… a film poster-style ensemble
1 Develop the sketch
This is the preliminary outline sketch. Using Blend modes and Transparency throughout, this sketch will show in the final artwork. Therefore it’s important to spend time adding as much detail as possible. I use varied line width to define what’s important.
2 Tone and emphasis
During this stage I establish the total values for the painting. The most important things for me to think about here are first, where the light is coming from; and second, where the overall emphasis should be when the viewer first looks at the image.
3 Colour layers
Here, along with Blend modes and Transparency, I use the colour layers to tint the artwork. I use additional layers on top of everything else, to add texture with a Pencil or Splatter brush. I also vary the Opacity to blend elements together in a subtle way.