Another WIP post for you guys! I didn’t save a lot of very god in between steps for this one, so I hope to fill in the blanks a bit when I explain each WIP stage. I ended up doing a lot more shifting and proportion changing as I work than I usually do, so the gif kind of shifts around instead of filling in like it usually does.
Step 1 - After we chose from three gesture sketches, I refined the on we chose! I think this one was the best because of the cool circular feel of it.
Step 2 - Lay in some flat colors for this gal, underneath the sketch layer as usual.
Step 3 - I placed the shadow layer in (set to multiply) and apply the basic light and shadow shapes. Since the fire/magic is green, I choose greens for both colors. Kind of had to fudge the light somewhat to show the form the way I wanted.
Step 4 - Here is where I jumped a bit on progress. I added some cool bluer tones into the shadowed areas on the shadow layer to hint at some reflected light. Then, on a new layer set to overlay, I built up the form both in shadow and in light areas. She ends up looking somewhat washed out and too light at this stage.
Step 5 - Blocked in the basic fire shapes and colors. Also added a new layer set to multiply to the figure, to darken up the shadow areas so she isn’t so washed out.
Finish stage - On a new layer on top of everything, I use the eye dropper tool to choose colors to paint in fine details and refine everything. I refined the fire on a separate layer so I could turn the opacity down and give it a little transparency. Added a watercolor texture on top (set to multiply) and did final adjustments!
The finished piece can be found here - http://shadow-wolf.deviantart.com/art/Emerald-Flame-371029169
I REALLY love seeing these WIPs from you! I’m so glad that you take the time to make a gif and even write down all the steps. You are fantastic and I love your art. <3