Step-by-step: Paint shell-in­spired ar­mour

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1 I start to paint the char­ac­ter in Pho­to­shop us­ing a small Round brush. An en­gag­ing pose will show off the ar­mour de­sign to best ef­fect. I also try to give some of the ar­mour pieces a shel­l­like sil­hou­ette. This sketch­ing step usu­ally takes me around 20 to 30 min­utes. I keep the lines loose, so that I’m not locked down with the line draw­ing for the next steps. 2 Giv­ing vol­ume to the line work can make the colour­ing process much eas­ier. Be­cause I have a tra­di­tional oil paint­ing back­ground, I pre­fer to be­gin this step with a medium grey back­ground. Now I can carve into vol­umes with a dark grey and bring out vol­umes with a light grey. It gives me greater con­trol by avoid­ing the ex­treme val­ues such as pure blacks and whites. 3 Now I start the ba­sic colour­ing process with the colour swatch I’ve gen­er­ated from my photo ref­er­ences. I main­tain the same colour tem­per­a­ture and use medium sat­u­ra­tion, which en­sures that my colours work to­gether. I con­cen­trate the colours on the ar­mour pieces that I want to show off, so that the char­ac­ter isn’t com­pet­ing with the fi­nal ar­mour de­sign. 4 Fi­nally, I care­fully in­te­grate some photo tex­tures to my ba­sic colour paint­ing. Then I erase the tex­tures in the shadow ar­eas to achieve a bet­ter blend­ing re­sult. I se­lect Color Dodge mode for my brush, to in­tro­duce shine and high­lights to the ar­mour pieces. For a fi­nal pol­ish, I use a tex­tured char­coal brush to blend to­gether the colours from the photo ref­er­ences.

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