Hey guys, started working on a piece and I figured I'd upload the progress steps in here so you can catch a glimpse of how I work. Not sure, but some might find this helpful? Let me know. I'll try to explain as much as I can. If you have questions, feel free to ask! If it's not retarded I MIGHT answer it (:
I don't have a LOT of time to work on this, so it'll probably be done over something like 2 weeks.
-I do 99% of the work with 2 brushes, a soft one and a square one, I keep it simple.
-I work on a single layer, I like the traditional look and feel it gives to the image when I paint over stuff and not perfectly erase it.
For this one, started normally with a sketch in photoshop, then refined my idea, then splashed some colors on it to try and lock in my composition ASAP. Lighting and such are a huge part in it, so I can't really be coming up with this at the end, has to be pretty early on. I guess at this point I'm going for a chick in her mech. She's testing it out in her backyard.
Anyways, enough of this! Here's the progress so far:
I added this step since a lot seem to think the jump was too big from the previous one to the next. What I do here is pretty quick, which is why I didn't bother to put it up. Basically, I grab the soft brush, and spray in the color palette I want to work with. When I like the overall colors, I start defining the shapes more and adding in some more colors to complement the base ones. It's just freestyle at this point, less saturated colors overall and more saturation when the light hits directly. Good to note, I don't simply add saturation and brightness to the dark color to make the lighter ones, there's also a slight shift in the hue.
Check out the picture below where I try to explain it. In this case the saturation of the shadows is the same as the lighter color, so I'll probably fix that, it's a little bit much. Normally you want the shadows to be less saturated... at least a little bit.
I rotate a little bit in the chromatic circle and THEN saturate that color. This gives the shadows a different color and it gives a more vibrant result. At least that's what I like better
Trying to come up with some sort of visual explanation on how I chose my main color and the shadow color. Hope this makes some sense! ahahahah -_-;
Hey guys, here's another update. Still working on defining the shapes and adding to the mech details. More to come soon, still far from done!