Step-by-step: How to il­lus­trate a fan­tasy crea­ture made of smoke

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1 I put down un­de­fined blobs us­ing large brush strokes, and then slowly re­fine the shape by pick­ing out the ar­eas of high­light and shadow. The light­ing should be con­sis­tent: here, the light­ing is from the top, and the darker ar­eas are be­low. I warp the smoke us­ing the Liq­uefy tool into the 2 shape I want. It’s eas­ier to lower the Opac­ity of the smoke later than do­ing so the other way around, so the cur­rent smoke is more opaque than the end re­sult. I’ve also roughly painted the crea­ture in. 3 To en­sure the crea­ture blends in with the smoke, I use a colour scheme that’s of a sim­i­lar pal­ette to the smoke. The crea­ture is painted with a solid brush with Opac­ity set to Pen Pres­sure. I re­duce the Opac­ity of the smoke with a large Air­brush.

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