6 Fan­tasy and real fa­cial fe atures

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This is a 2D painted study of the anatomy and coloura­tion of the six eyes. There’s a re­quest for the skin to be iri­des­cent in key ar­eas. I try to make this paint­ing photo real, to elim­i­nate any guess­work with the look. I use a soft-fo­cus depth of field to sim­u­late what may oc­cur in a tight, close-up shot. I try to cre­ate an an­gry, wild-eyed look, with el­e­ments of an Asian dragon, fleshy pro­tu­ber­ances to em­u­late a mous­tache, and crocodile horns over the eyes. I look at cows for in­spi­ra­tion and paint a pink mottle on the nose and lips. Ref­er­enc­ing na­ture is es­sen­tial when de­sign­ing fan­tasy crea­tures. It helps to an­chor the look in re­al­ity, adding fa­mil­iar sig­na­tures that make it be­liev­able.

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