如何确定你的下一个角色艺术委员会

Character art: Bruno Wagner

+$Bruno Wagner creates a fearsome and feisty female warrior for his exciting book cover commission

+$Whether you've got your drawing techniques down to a fine art, being commissioned for a new piece can often be a daunting experience. This character illustration was commissioned for a book cover. The brief was specific, and went into a lot of detail about the character of the girl. To create it, I worked directly with the author of the book, and it was interesting to compare our thoughts on what we imagined the character would look like.

+$The girl is a rebel and heroic princess escaping on a powerful and muscular horse. The author was keen for the reader to feel the strength of character and freedom of the heroine, as well as the impressive and somewhat frightening-looking mount.

+$I found that the difficulty with this commission was achieving the right visual tone. Because the book's readership is a young, female audience, the author wanted the cover to be engaging for that age group without it becoming too kitsch and a caricature of the heroine.

+$She was also keen to avoid an overly masculine illustration, one that's often seen in the fantasy genre with the likes of Conan the Barbarian, for example. So I had to find the right atmosphere and combine soft and feminine tones with a dynamic, elegant composition, while keeping some of my personal darker style, because the author also loved that. Thankfully, everything came together in the end and the author let me know she was very happy with the artwork. Job done! Here's how it was done...

01.发展基本构成

Character art: Bruno Wagner

+$The key here is to find the starting composition to serve as a foundation

我使用简单的3D渲染作为此插图的基础,在Daz 3D中创建。但它很可能是一张激发你灵感的照片或快速素描。这里的关键是找到起始成分作为基础。参考的图像质量无关紧要,因为我将在它上面工作。

02.建立角色

Character art: Bruno Wagner

+$Wagner introduces smoke and fog in front of and behind the character to increase depth

我改变角色的面部,为场景添加衣服,头发,更逼真的纹理和粒子效果。我还在我的角色前后引入烟雾,以增加深度。在处理多个图层时,我逐渐将颜色范围从粉红色增加到蓝色。

+$03. Apply snake and reptile textures

Character art: Bruno Wagner

+$Wagner uses several real-life textures from various reptiles and snakes for the horse's body

+$I use several real-life textures from various reptiles and snakes for the horse's body. The Transform tool enables me to follow the curves of the horse's muscles and body volume. I use the textures with different Overlay mode layers to retain lights and shadows. This means I'm able to quickly add realism and fine details.

+$04. Cleaning up and paintover

Character art: Bruno Wagner

+$Take the time to sort and then flatten layers

我花时间对我的图层进行排序然后展平。然后我将我的画笔与涂抹工具一起使用。我选择了一个合适的不透明度和硬度,对于头发,我使用了一个强大而细腻的画笔。为了使马的身体平滑,我使用较大的笔尖和不透明度较高的笔刷。

+$05. Background paintover with the Smudge tool

Character art: Bruno Wagner

+$When it comes to painting the background, Wagner uses the Smudge tool with his custom Faux Finish brush

+$When it comes to painting the background I use the Smudge tool with my custom Faux Finish brush. I lay down some large, random brushstrokes that result in movement and texture, like a traditional painting. It also contrasts well with the more accurate portrayal of the character and horse.

+$06. Final Colour Correction

Character art: Bruno Wagner

+$Once finished, Wagner creates two versions: one that strengthens the reds, another that emphasises the blues and greens

+$Once my image is finished, I create two versions: one that strengthens the reds, another that emphasises the blues and greens. Then I combine them. The bottom half features tones of reds and gold, while the top becomes colder with blue-green tones. This helps to reinforce the depth of field and enriches my chromatic scale.

+$07. Paintover effect with ArtRage

Character art: Bruno Wagner

+$ArtRage adds a warm, traditional painting style

+$As a last step I open my image in software known for its traditional paint engine, such as ArtRage or Painter, and lay down large brushstrokes that are thick and dense. Then I put this above over my old image at 30-40 per cent Opacity, which gives a slight patina effect as well as a warm, traditional painting style.

+$Photoshop Custom Brushes

Photoshop custom brushes

+$Natural and faux finish brushes are ideal for the paintover stage

+$Natural and Faux finish brushes

+$Used with the Smudge tool, these brushes are ideal for the paintover stage, helping to create a painterly finish.

话: 布鲁诺瓦格纳

+$Bruno was born in Strasbourg in 1979 and he graduated in applied arts. Now he’s the art director in his own agency and an illustrator for the entertainment industry.这篇文章最初出现在ImagineFX问题129。

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