How I create… a demon stopper
1 Character design
Before getting into the illustration itself, I like to start laying out the character design. It’s easier to balance the importance of the visual elements if you already know how the composition will take shape. This means you can be sure that an important feature won’t be too subtle in the final image.
I sketch two versions. But in this one I realise the camera angle isn’t dramatic enough and the scars would be tiny. A front shot will feature direct light and one-point perspective, which are good for emphasising a character. Sometimes classic solutions are better than dynamism.
3 Character details
I start detailing with large brushes, gradually picking smaller ones – I find this makes it easier to keep track of the overall look and feel. There aren’t many secrets here: set your brushes to smaller sizes and patiently render ornaments, freckles, hair and drapery. The deeper the detailing, the richer the piece.