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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

How to paint Blood Elf World of Warcraft

How to paint Blood Elf World of Warcraft.  Digital painting tutorial of World of Warcraft character, female Blood Elf. I thought it would be fun to branch out and paint some of the existing characters out there, here is another quick digital painting or color sketch tutorial.

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This time, I started out with constructional sketch line drawn to find her structure and suitable pose. After that I established shape or silhouette. During this process everything is still monochromatic and it is easier to try to figure out the lighting direction than when involving many colors. Once I figured out where the light source is coming from, I will paint or render basic value to overall painting. Try to look at the whole picture rather than focus on tiny little detail. Once I have the basic value in place or close, I will then start to slowly apply color and paint over the value sketch. This time I start off color a lot earlier than usual to switch it up.
It's been a while since, I make a post on idrawgirls.com because I was busy creating the art community called  ArtistsArena.org  You should go check it out.

If you are confusing with the when, what and how on custom brushes. I would say then you still don't have to worry about using it. Try to get the basic foundation of shapes, value, and color down with just the basic default round hard and soft brushes. Once you get that down well, then you will have to learn how to create edges. Edges and custom brushes are highly related in painting. (I am talking about custom brush that mostly use in actual painting, not custom brushes that create leaves, grass, or patterns) The type of custom brush that confuse artists the most is probably the type that give us great painting texture. As for using custom brushes, do not worry so much about which brush I am using in the demo. Just focus on what kind of edges it will produces. That is pretty much all there is to it. There can be pretty much three types of edges from using your brushes, not more. Custom brush strokes can give you hard edge, soft edge and lost edge so you have to know how to utilize them. Enjoy!

A bit about our character from World of Warcraft, Blood Elf: Those now known as blood elves were once high elves. In the transition that led to this renaming, they glorified their civilization while discarding their honor. Life for the blood elves changed during the Third War, when King Arthas' Scourge sacked Quel'Thalas and shattered the elven race. The Scourge slew more than 90% of the high elven population, devastating their culture. Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider was studying magic in Dalaran at the time of the disaster. He returned from his studies to find Quel'Thalas in ruins. Thirsting for vengeance, Kael'thas gathered the survivors and renamed them "blood elves" in honor of their fallen kin. Prior to the Sunwell's destruction, all high elves were constantly bathed in its magical power. Now bereft of this arcane energy, the blood elves (and high elves) suffered from their withdrawals. Kael'thas claimed that they would soon die without another magical source to replace the Sunwell. The blood elves therefore set about learning to drain magic from alternative sources.

Below is Blood Elf digital painting video tutorial and step by step images.

Here is the final Blood Elf speedpainting, approx an hour and twenty minutes. (I might take it and refine it a little further when I have some more time.)
elf digital painting tutorial

Below are step by step how to draw and paint Blood Elf
how to draw elf warcraft

digital painting tutorial blood elf

Fin speedie, but I will probably take it further to finish illustration.
elf digital painting tutorial
Here is a bigger version of Elf digital painting tutorial.

If you are interested in more of the same approach you can also go watch Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Digital painting tutorial and Dragon Age 2 digital painting video.

For regular female figures and portraits tutorials you can check out values tonal study female figure, and more basic how to draw video and step by step go watch How to draw lesson girl faceHow to draw person head basic. Anddigital painting tutorial rogue samurai female. As for the face or head (women, female) Draw girl's face how to lesson video and step by step and learn how to draw face, woman. Enjoy the video tutorials.
You can check out the new and update of the late 2010 tutorial on female figures, most of these are painting step by step tutorials, some include video tutorials.  First for figure study, you can go take a look at female model sheet or female figure study woman body proportion sheet.  Recline female figure study has two posts.  The first is nude recline female figure quick color.  And the second is female figure study recline step by step.  These two part tutorial I pretty much focus on rough brush work and play around with textures.  Both are the same painting but it has part one and part two.  Also if you like comics style pin up painting, check out Emma Frost X-men first class and 2011 is year of the rabbit.  Both are not really focus on brush work, rather smooth rendering of the skin itself.  And Black Rock Shooter color sketch work is a really stylize that is similar to that of Anime or stylize Manga, but not typical.

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