Lead the viewer around your art
Derrick Song explains how the use of some well-placed compositional elements can direct the viewer’s eye to your main character
For this workshop I want to paint a female fantasy character who’s accompanied by an intelligent but powerful creature. I often imagine characters partnered with creatures, but they’re always a wicked or male character. To be honest, I’ve strayed away from placing a female figure into such a scenario for one reason or another, and so I relish the challenge of trying to make this fresh idea work here. I recommend taking this approach for all your artwork, so that you don’t become stuck in an art rut. I start with a rough outline, to block out the overall shape of the concept. It can be very rough and I usually don’t focus on the small details for now – everything is just a guideline at this stage.
Once I have the outlines of my idea down in a simple grey tone, I think about the overall colour scheme. I decide to use earthy tones: brown, green-yellow, orange-brown and grey-yellow. My characters will be in a jungle setting, and so the earthy colours are suitable to the overall mood. I lay down basic values and colours. I like to keep the outline layer on a low Opacity so I can keep track and paint new elements on top easily. In this case, I set my outline layer to Multiply Blending mode and paint the colour on to this outline layer.