Ques­tion

Can you help me paint wind as a su­per­power of a char­ac­ter? Jawaria Hashmi, Pak­istan

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An­swer

Paco replies

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.

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