58 Paint a manga fig­ure on the go

Ilya Ku­vshi­nov sets aside his nor­mal paint­ing process and in­stead learns to de­velop a char­ac­ter il­lus­tra­tion idea as it’s be­ing painted

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Ilya Ku­vshi­nov de­vel­ops a char­ac­ter il­lus­tra­tion.

When I start an il­lus­tra­tion I usu­ally have a fin­ished im­age in mind. So when I start paint­ing, I just do all the steps I need to do to en­sure my art looks as close to the im­age in my head as pos­si­ble.

Isn’t that kind of bor­ing? Yes, you could say that. But here’s the good news: that’s not the only way to work on an il­lus­tra­tion (although it is the fastest way). How about I try to de­velop my cover il­lus­tra­tion for Imag­ineFX on the go, up­grad­ing it with ev­ery step, al­ways think­ing about what I want to show, and how to im­prove it? I don’t do it like this very of­ten, but that’s what will make this work­shop more in­ter­est­ing. Right now, you can see the fi­nal im­age on the cover of this cool mag­a­zine, and see all the steps here. So ev­ery­thing might look kind of log­i­cal. But when I was do­ing it, I had no idea where it was head­ing. All I wanted was to do some­thing re­ally cool, some­thing close to Imag­ineFX’s style and some­thing you’d re­ally like to see on the cover and read about the cre­ation of it in­side.

I al­ways think about what kind of char­ac­ter I want be­fore I start to draw it. For ex­am­ple, what’s his or her past, favourite food and cur­rent mood? What’s the sit­u­a­tion in which the il­lus­tra­tion takes place and how is it go­ing to de­velop in the next few sec­onds? For now, let’s see how the char­ac­ter de­vel­ops by her­self on the pages of this work­shop!

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