Can you help me paint wind as a superpower of a character? Jawaria Hashmi, Pakistan
Wind itself isn’t visible, but what you can see is the effect it has on objects around it, so the first thing you should consider is how the wind interacts with elements of the painting. Capes, skirts, hair, trees… anything that can be moved by wind should be painted according to its direction.
However, if that’s not enough, you can try to paint the wind. I know, I said that it’s not visible, but this is a case of invoking artistic licence. You can do this by painting lines – much like kinetic lines from a comic – that follow the desired direction, but try to be subtle. Copy your whole image on to a new layer and use a Blending brush to distort the image to suggest the lines. Then reduce the Opacity of this distorted image for a more subtle effect. Don’t forget to relate the wind to your character, perhaps by using a hand gesture.
The hair and the scarf waving can suggest a windy scene, but to make it clear that the character is generating the wind, you can use kinetic lines. If you’re going to paint kinetic lines for the wind, try to use clean curves to mark the direction, and avoid clumsy or excessively straight lines.