Block in the beast
This is an important stage because it’ll define the image, as well as communicate everything I need to say. Many decisions will be made now: where the light comes from, discovering the overall form, and setting a tone and value range. Things that I only have a rough idea about now must be worked out. Using a large custom, flat brush and medium hard Airbrushes I start to establish what I think will be the range of light and dark in the character. I also introduce some temperature contrasts. I’m not sure where I’ll go with colour yet, but I think I’ll just use the reflection of the sky and water on the top of his head. This would give him a wet appearance.