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Digital Art technique assign color to gray scale values

How to paint executioner.  Digital Art technique assign color to gray scale values.
So here is a process update step by step from the last post. In this post, I cleaned up the values on over all figure and give it more light source to the character design. At this stage, I will try to get a clear visual image in big shapes. The tricky part is not to get overly detail too soon on the design, just laying out big shape like underpainting.

Another things to remember at this stage also, when painting, try to stay in the middle range of gray between 30-70, no more, no less.

I am still trying to figure the design out and light source at the same time. But the priority is light source, you will have to try to get it as accurate as possible. Then the design comes after, only if when you are doing a model sheet that you reveal every single detail of the character. As for illustration concept, whatever is in the shadow stay in the shadow. You can show off the detail only in the light. It's tricky and challenging to do. Every time I paint something nowadays, I will try to challenge myself to see if I can push it to the next level from the previous. It doesn't happen every single time, but I usually learn a lot from mistakes.

I also change the post so that it will give the guy more personality.
When apply color using "overlay" layer, do it in the early or mid stage. Make sure the value range of the color you choose stay in middle range (40-60) otherwise it will drastically change your initial gray scale values. And that could throw everything off.

Since there is no video tutorial for this one yet, you can go check out these short video tutorials in the mean time Drawing arm muscles bicep tricep is a good one to see and Drawing body muscle torso anatomy will show you how I draw and render chest area.

But if you are here to see I draw girls then my recent tutorial previous study Figure Study female form step by step, but for more basic go read How to draw female body torso step by step. It shows the easy way to construct a body in the simple way for beginner. Then how to draw woman figure hip pelvis which shows the simple way to draw pelvis and the lower parts of the body. 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 These two are not on the thumbnails above and might be hard to find. Still could be valuable for some people. I did over two years ago, but solid.

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Flipped and then work again from here to fix all the proportion and angle.
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Another 40 minutes in and to be continued.

Thanks for all the comment guys :)


Chris B said…
Nice it is coming along well. I like the helmet the most.
good work.
Luca said…
Cool design Xia. These last days I'm figuring out what you teach us is slowly coming more naturally for me. 10ks
the armour design is really cool. Well done!
Chris said…
I think he would look exceptional with a nice hot pink ;)
Thanks for sheering :)

best regards
manit said…
i like the light and shade.good work xia!
_Angelos_J_ said…
that's incredible... how people could have so much talent =D

wooooow ;) awesome
XIA said…
Angelo> Thx. But if you really want to take something to the next level, you have to FORGET TALENT. Because talent is a perception and WILL hold you back. Some think other have talent in certain skill, they themselves give that up because they think they don't have such talent. Some who think that have talent, will slack off and not practice because they think they are already talented. Practice, determination, and love are more important. Practice makes perfect.
XIA said…
Chris B, Chris, Manit, Mariuz, and Luca> Thank you guys!!! Really sorry for the late reply, I missed this post somehow. :)
Cool Design!! I enjoyed your Blog with Full of Art and Colors!!

XIA said…
Art design college> Thanks man! I hope you find them useful. Cheers!