How can I spruce up my undead designs?
Answer Mark replies
If you hang around a favourite fantasy character for too long, you risk limiting your techniques and, more importantly, your imagination. But there are ways to keep painting your favourite life-challenged feet-draggers, and still keep things fresh. Pick an element you usually wouldn’t, and go to town on it!
Here I’ve picked on the costume of a living-impaired chap, and decided he’d look good in fantasy soldier attire. A good way to paint chain mail is to create a custom brush shaped as three rings together with two different levels of opacity on each one of them (one side very opaque and the other quite translucent) and with some Spacing and the Angle Jitter option controlled by direction. If you use this brush by painting brush strokes in alternate directions you’ll soon create a chain mail surface.
Once the chain mail is painted, put lights and shadows on it using Burn and Dodge tools. To finish, add some extra highlights and details manually. There are many ways to paint chain mail, but this is the fastest technique I can think of, and will hopefully put some life back into your passion for the dead ones.
Use the custom chain mail brush to paint the basic chain shape, and then Dodge and Burn tools to integrate it
into the painting, by illuminating it.