This digital painting and demo video was recorded live during a long pose workshop @ Concept Design Academy. Approx. 2 1/2 hours from the model. Scroll down to watch the digital painting tutorial videos (playlist).
“Rajiv From Life, 2/13/13″. The final image. Drawn and rendered in Photoshop.
One of the best ways I’ve found to develop my skills is to copy a master Artist. J.C. Leyendecker is the king of hands in my humble opinion. He also has really sexy edgework. Not a bad illustrator to emulate.
If you like his work or would like to know more about him. I recommend this great book available on Amazon at a good price. Full of gorgeous pictures and personal bio.
Tifa Lockhart is a character fromt the Final Fantasy VII (FFVII) videogame. This illustration started as an assignment from my Character Design class last semester. This is the 3rd “final” iteration. It took several weeks, several attempts and hours of study and research to get a design that I was somewhat satisfied with. Sketches and groundwork included below as well.
“Tifa (from FFVII) Redesign”
Studies for Tifa’s costume, attitude and tools. Pen, markeer and white pencil on toned paper.
Costume studies for the “final” costume design. Pen, markeer and white pencil on toned paper.
I was surprised when my Character Design teacher at Concept Design Academy assigned digital skull studies as homeowork. Fortunately I was already studying a skull and had the fortune of having a full size replica on loan. Fun assignment.
This one was done traditionally in charcoal. 10″x13″, charcoal on Strathmore paper.
This image and the ones below were drawn and rendered in Photoshop.
I’m currently studying Character Design with Carlo Arellano @ Concept Design Academy in Los Angeles. I’ve learned so much these last few weeks. This concept was a homework assignment where we had to redesign a creature from “Clash of Titans”. The Kraken from the original COT was my all time favorite monster as kid.
The concept below started in pencil and then rendered in Photoshop. Scroll down to see the iterations and sketchbook studies to get an idea of the process, studies and all the homework that went into this piece.
A slideshow video of the last portrait painting tutorial. Video has text comments on my thought process and general tips on creating beautiful portrait paintings. Cool soundtrack provided by Japanese DJ Group Nujabes, feat. Fat Jon.