March 25, 2023


In our previous chapters we created the character design of an orc and a sleigh as a prop. This time we want to do some adjustments to the orc so he looks more fitting for our Christmas topic, and then add a color pass to both of our concepts. In order to make our presentation a bit more interesting we will add an occlusion shadow pass and a few textures.

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Our last Christmas illustration

Refining the idea of our character

Earlier than we do the rest, we return and try our character. He appears good and his garments already match to our winter matter however it’s not Christmassy sufficient but. So we take away the spikes and add some holly as a substitute. See how I additionally added some Christmas balls the place you’ll normally most likely discover some skulls. Then I do a fast worth go, simply as we did for the sleigh, creating distinct teams of values.

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Earlier than I add values I spend a second so as to add just a few extra Christmas associated particulars.

Creating our composition

Normally once I work on a mission I create a template for my ideas so as to be constant within the presentation of my work. It is not going to solely embody the work but in addition descriptive notes and title of my mission. This time is simpler although as it’s a idea I’ve solely been doing for myself, and for you after all.

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Prepare your drawings in a neat means in your canvas.

Including colours

When including colours I attempt to follow the values I selected within the earlier steps. With a purpose to get a chic outcome I additionally restrict my colour palette. Crucial colour for Christmas after all is crimson, and so I make crimson my most dominant and vibrant colour, whereas the inexperienced has a bit much less saturation. This methods the 2 very reverse colours don‘t compete for consideration. After selecting a good much less saturated orange as my third colour, all different hues is positioned in-between these three.

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A restricted colour palette will ship a chic outcome.

Including textures

As soon as I‘m pleased with the colours I exploit a few textures so as to get a bit extra of an natural really feel to my illustration. You will discover these textures within the accompanied PSD. When you use your personal texture, use the auto-contrast operate in Photoshop so as to get a medium gray as the common colour of the picture. That‘s helpful as a result of now you’ll be able to flip the feel to about 7% opacity and overlay and have essentially the most affect with out altering the general brightness and distinction of your illustration. I additionally add a stroke and a drop shadow-effect so as to make my ideas appear like a sticker.

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Including textures provides a extra natural really feel to the illustration.

Occlusion and last changes

As I stored engaged on my illustration I seen that the background colour having a wierd and hazy high quality. So I exchanged it for a barely cooler tone. As soon as all the things else was accomplished I took a while and add a last occlusion shadow. I used the laborious spherical brush, and painted in smaller strokes, so as to create simply sufficient texture to make it mix effectively with the feel we added within the earlier step.

Thanks for studying, and have a improbable Christmas everybody!

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You possibly can create a full rendering of your idea however typically a neat occlusion go is sufficient to promote your design.

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