Liberate your work process Thomas Scholes
Reveals how to make your workflow more efficient and the tricks he uses to boost creativity
hether you’re a hobbyist just painting for fun, or a fulltime artist working to constant deadlines, it’s crucial to develop a realistic painting process that produces the best results with as little wasted effort as possible. It makes sense to borrow from the successes of previous work and imagery – even more so when working on an independent commercial
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With traditional mediums this process is often implemented in a linear manner: thumbnail, sketch, preliminary drawing, colour study, and finally the painting itself. The digital medium expands this existing equation. It also allows artists to apply a non-linear workflow that gives them the ability to build upon past success and re-examine previous failure quickly and effectively.
I’m going to show you how all this is possible, using artwork from Ashen ( an upcoming RPG that I’ve been busy working on, as an example. I’ll discuss the process and methodology I most often use on the project, and hopefully you’ll be able to adapt this into your own workflow.