Artist Q&A

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Tips from pro artists on how to paint scars, mist, skele­tal hands, iri­des­cent scales and feath­ers, an imag­i­nary crea­ture stretch­ing and more.

Eus­tachy Wiec­zorek, Poland

John replies

Sur­face el­e­ments such as scars or cuts add an ex­tra level of fin­ish, mak­ing your paint­ing more be­liev­able. Done cor­rectly, it can add more depth to a char­ac­ter. Since there are many kinds of dif­fer­ent scars, al­ways take a few min­utes to think about the scar ef­fect you want to achieve. For ex­am­ple, cuts healed with stitches will scar dif­fer­ently than cuts left to heal on their own.

No mat­ter what kind of scars, cuts, bruises, and so on you’re adding, it should be added at the fi­nal stages of a paint­ing. In other words, paint your sub­ject with­out the scars, and then add them af­ter your fig­ure has been fully ren­dered. This en­ables you to fo­cus on the over­all light­ing and val­ues of your sub­ject with­out try­ing to paint around the scars.

When adding the scars, the most im­por­tant point to re­mem­ber is to fol­low the con­tour of the fig­ure. The scars should look like they’re part of the skin. Fi­nally, en­sure that you use the same lo­cal skin tones when paint­ing scarred skin.

Adding scars to their back helps to con­vey a sense of pain and de­s­pair that this pow­er­ful char­ac­ter is feel­ing.

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