Step-by-step: Paint fan­tas­ti­cal trop­i­cal fish

ImagineFX - - Imaginenation Artist Q&a -

1 Start scrib­bling! I sim­ply go a lit­tle crazy and do ran­dom strokes and shapes with a wispy brush on a sep­a­rate layer in Pho­to­shop. This is just to let the imag­i­na­tion flow to see what comes out and what happy ac­ci­dents I can bring on. Don’t worry about anatomy just yet – in­stead, re­lax and have fun. These are only the first scrib­bles, af­ter all. 2 I pick out my favourite scrib­bles, lower the Opac­ity to 20 per cent, cre­ate a new layer on top of the scrib­bles and start sketch­ing. I add more de­tail, while also tak­ing out any­thing that doesn’t make sense to me. Now is also a good time to start think­ing about per­spec­tive and anatomy and whether the shapes work well to­gether or not. 3 I lower the Opac­ity of the sketch layer and, on a new layer be­low, add sat­u­rated colours with a Soft brush for a smooth tran­si­tion be­tween the dif­fer­ent hues in the fish’s scales. Af­ter es­tab­lish­ing the base colours, I merge the sketch and colour lay­ers and then be­gin ren­der­ing with a sim­ple oval brush and a se­lect few tex­tured brushes.

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