Step-by-step: Cov­er­ing skin with rep­til­ian scales

ImagineFX - - Imaginenation Artist Q&A -

Once I’m sat­is­fied with the light and shadow, I cre­ate a Mul­ti­ply layer and use the warm colour of the shad­ows to draw scales one by one. Their shape is an irregular quadri­lat­eral with a bev­elled edge. I avoid round­ing them off, leav­ing them with no­tice­able edges. I also lay down each scale’s shad­ows in the same colour.

I paint a more reg­u­lar pat­tern on the horns’ edges for a more re­al­is­tic ef­fect. Then I paint lights with a light, cool colour. Ev­ery scale has its own high­light that re­in­forces its rounded shape, as well as fol­low­ing the shape of the head. I ap­ply white brush­strokes as high­lights, to sim­u­late the smooth­ness of the scales.

Now I paint the girl’s horns. To achieve a more in­ter­est­ing ef­fect I give them a twisted form, tak­ing a cue from some an­i­mal horns, such as the goat and ram. I pay at­ten­tion to the light and to the shad­ows they cast. Horns are leath­ery so I paint in some more white brush­strokes, to sim­u­late a shiny ap­pear­ance.

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