How I cre­ate… a film poster-style en­sem­ble

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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.

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