Step-by-step: Il­lus­trate a char­ac­ter’s flap­ping cloak to de­pict a dy­namic scene

ImagineFX - - Imaginenation Artist Q & A -

3 I merge my lay­ers, and check that the lights and shad­ows aren’t too much of a con­trast, oth­er­wise the fab­ric takes on an un­suit­able, shiny look. As a last touch I se­lect a hard- edged brush and add spots of dirt, tears and frayed edges.

I choose a brown for the colour of the cloak. On 2 a new Mul­ti­ply layer I ap­ply shad­ows with a Hard brush and a pur­plish, warm colour. Then I cre­ate a Color Dodge layer and ap­ply the light with a blue­green that matches the wood­land en­vi­ron­ment.

1 I put down a sketch, keep­ing in mind what the di­rec­tion of the wind is. Be­cause the cloak’s fab­ric is of a medium thick­ness it’ll pro­duce large lon­gi­tu­di­nal folds. The edges of the cloak and the ori­en­ta­tion of the folds in­di­cate the wind’s di­rec­tion.

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