Paint a Vik­ing wear­ing leather ar­mour

ImagineFX - - Imagine Nation Artist Q & A -


I do a quick line draw­ing and block in all the main colours. The scene is set un­der an over­cast sky with even light­ing con­di­tions, so I avoid no­tice­able dif­fer­ences be­tween the val­ues and tones. I want to keep the char­ac­ter sim­ple and real­is­tic, so I limit the colours and level of con­trast.


I fo­cus on the ma­te­ri­als around the fo­cal area and leave ev­ery­thing out­side this area rough and sketchy. I try to cap­ture the sur­face qual­i­ties of the dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als and also draw the gar­ments and ar­mour pieces, which all serve to add an ex­tra level of story to the piece.


I add stripes on the arm, blood splat­ters on the ar­mour and sub­tle en­grav­ing and scratches on the hel­met. This is an­other level of de­tail with­out mak­ing it too fan­tas­ti­cal a piece. Then I push the con­trast around the fo­cal ar­eas and fin­ish the paint­ing with some ex­tra ef­fects and colour cor­rec­tion.

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