In our previous chapters we created the character design of an orc and a sleigh as a prop. This time we want to do some adjustments to the orc so he looks more fitting for our Christmas topic, and then add a color pass to both of our concepts. In order to make our presentation a bit more interesting we will add an occlusion shadow pass and a few textures.
Our last Christmas illustration
Refining the idea of our character
Earlier than we do anything, we return and try our character. He seems good and his garments already match to our winter matter however it isn’t Christmassy sufficient but. So we take away the spikes and add some holly as an alternative. See how I additionally added some Christmas balls the place you’d normally in all probability discover some skulls. Then I do a fast worth move, simply as we did for the sleigh, creating distinct teams of values.
Earlier than I add values I spend a second as a way to add a couple of extra Christmas associated particulars.
Creating our composition
Often once I work on a undertaking I create a template for my ideas as a way to be constant within the presentation of my work. It won’t solely embrace the work but additionally descriptive notes and title of my undertaking. This time is simpler although as it’s a idea I’ve solely been doing for myself, and for you in fact.
Prepare your drawings in a neat means in your canvas.
When including colours I attempt to follow the values I selected within the earlier steps. With a view to get a sublime consequence I additionally restrict my shade palette. Crucial shade for Christmas in fact is crimson, and so I make crimson my most dominant and vibrant shade, whereas the inexperienced has a bit much less saturation. This methods the 2 very reverse colours don‘t compete for consideration. After selecting a good much less saturated orange as my third shade, all different hues is situated in-between these three.
A restricted shade palette will ship a sublime consequence.
As soon as I‘m proud of the colours I exploit a few textures as a way to get a bit extra of an natural really feel to my illustration. You will see these textures within the accompanied PSD. For those who use your personal texture, use the auto-contrast operate in Photoshop as a way to get a medium gray as the common shade of the picture. That‘s helpful as a result of now you may flip the feel to about 7% opacity and overlay and have essentially the most affect with out altering the general brightness and distinction of your illustration. I additionally add a stroke and a drop shadow-effect as a way to make my ideas appear to be a sticker.
Including textures provides a extra natural really feel to the illustration.
Occlusion and last changes
As I saved engaged on my illustration I observed that the background shade having a wierd and hazy high quality. So I exchanged it for a barely cooler tone. As soon as all the things else was accomplished I took a while and add a last occlusion shadow. I used the arduous spherical brush, and painted in smaller strokes, as a way to create simply sufficient texture to make it mix effectively with the feel we added within the earlier step.
Thanks for studying, and have a incredible Christmas everybody!
You’ll be able to create a full rendering of your idea however generally a neat occlusion move is sufficient to promote your design.