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