How I de­vel­oped… a desert en­vi­ron­ment

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1 Com­po­si­tion and per­spec­tive

This is the first step and also the most im­por­tant. I use three-point per­spec­tives to help me find a sim­ple com­po­si­tion. The curves of the dragon’s body, light­ing and shad­ows help to cre­ate vis­ual flow through to the left cor­ner of the im­age.

2 Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion for the de­sign

The se­cond step is the most dif­fi­cult one. Af­ter mak­ing a sim­ple sil­hou­ette based on step one, I use tex­tures as in­spi­ra­tion to help me de­velop the de­tails in the scene. They’re a short­cut inas­much as they help me vi­su­alise the fi­nal, painted sur­face.

3 Ad­just­ment and ren­der­ing

This is the fi­nal step. Af­ter de­vel­op­ing enough de­tails in my de­signs, I slightly ad­just the com­po­si­tion and the pose. Dur­ing this stage I also in­crease the de­tail­ing in the fo­cal point, and re­duce dis­tract­ing de­tails else­where, to in­crease the im­pact of my paint­ing.

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