June 5th, 2016
Charging Elephant – Digital Painting
Step by Step
This is the first piece in my series of African wildlife. I want the viewer to be right in the middle of this scene. The heart pounding emotions as he charges straight towards you, holding your breath hoping he will stop.
- The first step in this series is to get a background that is consistent throughout all the paintings. I worked on several layers with various colors and textures and chose this dark red.
Using many different resource images, I sketch the elephant loosely at first just to get my bearings. When I'm done with the general sketch, I move it around, change the size until I'm happy with the composition. I then go back and refine the sketch and map out the wrinkles.
Step 2- The eyes and wrinkles
I always start with the eyes. This is where the viewer will look first and it needs to be as realistic as possible. I then move on the wrinkles. Right now I'm only interested in the darks and lights to give it shape and form.
Step 3 – Tusks and Ears
Whew! The wrinkles are done and it's time to move on to the tusks and ears.
Final steps –
When all the details are done it's time to adjust the colors and add the dust. I tweak the highlights and shadows to give more contrast and more drama.
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