Photoshop digital painting process Ifrit. This post is a color concept art tutorial using Photoshop. I painted this creature over the previous drawing from How to draw Ifrit. If you take a look at all my painting process, you will find that I use really rough line draw or sketch as a starting point. Like in this tutorial, in the first step, you can really see the rough sketch. Even though the sketch is really rough but all these lines give me enough reference point to move on to the next step. Remember, you don’t need to draw everything, just enough reference point for you to go on to the next stepping stone. For this demo, I use Photoshop CS5 and Wacom tablet Intuo as a painting tool. Then I established shape or silhouette and along the way I also try to get the lighting direction on top of it. When I figured out where the light source is coming from, I will establish basic value all around the painting. This one takes me about five to six hours which is longer than I thought. There are a few of them that I did (see the ones with fire below) but it did not turn out well to my liking. Again this one is not a finished art work, it is more like a study, experiment and test of a character design for fun. Hopefully a lot more to come.
Ifrit (イフリート), also known as Jinn, is a Fire-elemental Summon which appears in several games in the series. His signature attack is called Hellfire, or sometimes Inferno or Flames of Hell, and deals scorching Fire-elemental damage to all opponents.
Below are step by step Photoshop painting process tutorials. Step one, I used my smart phone to take a picture of the drawing in my sketchbook. Usually I used a scanner but digital photo is just as good. Next, I used Photoshop to paint over the drawing. At this stages, I focused on shape and value (lighting) rather than color to establish the form. As you can see, I still work in monochromatic. Later I added on color.
At these stages, I pay more attention to color and value. Also looking for harmony between cool and warm. Finally, I played around with different kind of brushes to get edges I prefer. Three types of edges are hard, soft, and lost. Edges are very important part of your painting apart from value and shapes.
This one was the initial idea but I didn’t really like the way it looks. Too much flame in a generic pose.
Here is a video tutorial on how to paint fire on Ifrit, like shown above.