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