Please ex­plain how to paint a re­al­is­tic-look­ing scar

ImagineFX - - Imaginenation Artist Q & A - Gareth Jones, Eng­land

Be­fore start­ing the draw­ing, I usu­ally search for ref­er­ences, im­ages and de­scrip­tions of a range of scars. What I learn from those ref­er­ences is that scars have a dif­fer­ent as­pect, shape and colour de­pend­ing on the area of the body af­fected and the cause of the in­jury.

For ex­am­ple, a fan­tasy war­rior’s scar would be limited to a spe­cific area, de­pend­ing on the weapon that in­jured him. The sharp­ness of a blade de­ter­mines the sever­ity of the scarred skin (just think about sur­gi­cal scars). In con­trast, burns vary in their size and shape, and will ir­reg­u­lar edges. They’ll be dif­fer­ent burn grades de­pend­ing on how long the skin re­mains in con­tact with fire or a heat source. Skin will red­den un­til it be­comes darker than the un­in­jured skin colour, and will wrin­kle, too.

Let’s con­sider a se­ri­ous burn scar that af­fects the up­per half of the char­ac­ter’s body, face, neck and part of torso and arm. I start by de­lin­eat­ing the edges of the af­fected area…

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