Step-by-step: De­sign and paint a crea­ture’s mouth

ImagineFX - - Imaginenation Artist Q&A -

I be­gan with a loose pro­file sketch to give me a tar­get for on the three­quar­ter view. I was not wor­ried about fol­low­ing it ex­actly, as the pur­pose and fo­cus is sim­ply the mouth. I started the ini­tial sketch off in black and white to help keep my val­ues straight.

Next, I fo­cus on what the teeth ar­range­ment should be, along with what the gums should look like and where the tongue sits. I think the back of the jaws, pal­ette and throat shapes, while eas­ily over­looked, are key in help­ing to sell the feel­ing of weight and power.

I leave the spec­u­lar re­flec­tion and saliva for last. For the for­mer I use a re­duced Opac­ity Air­brush for light re­flec­tive sur­faces, fol­lowed by a dense soft brush or one of the hard Rounds for the stark high­lights. I use a soft Round or an­gled for the saliva in the same way.

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