How I create… A compell ing character
I apply the Rule of Thirds and place my character inside a rough circle. I feel she should be protected by this circle, and it will lead the viewer’s eye towards her. I put my character on top of the creature and use a tree branch and the creature’s wing to create the circle. Two small dragons enhance the circular structure.
Before I start colouring, I paint the face. I study the proportions of a female Asian; the distance between the eyes is the same as the distance between the centre of the eyes and the nose. I call it the T-line. It’s my guideline for how long the face should be. A cat’s face has similar proportions.
I start with the base colour and focus on the eyes, nose and mouth. I also form more of the basic shapes of her hair and around her face. I use the default Soft-edge brush to paint the face, but for details such as the eyebrows I use a Hard-edge brush. I also add texture and colour to make the face look interesting.