How can I spruce up my un­dead de­signs?

ImagineFX - - Imagine Nation - Danny Win­ters, US

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.

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