Step-by-step: De­sign­ing an Arc­tic Mage

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1First, I re­search on the cul­tures of the Arc­tic Cir­cle and their life­styles. I create a ref­er­ence sheet that I keep open as I work and, in­stead of sil­hou­ettes, I start with line draw­ings over a posed fig­ure to get an idea of the flow and weight of ma­te­ri­als, and where fab­rics over­lap.

2Next I paint over my lines with a sil­hou­ette and block in pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive shapes to give some visual in­ter­est based on the ini­tial line-work. In this case I keep the num­ber of it­er­a­tions sim­ple, but this stage can go on in­fin­itely. Keep an eye on the time!

3I want my mage to have the colours of the Arc­tic Tun­dra: rusty browns and or­anges of win­tery flora, against the icy blues and white of snow. I over­lay some of these colours over my thumb­nails, and take a cou­ple of my favourites over to the next stage where I work­ing up the de­tails.

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