Rogue elf concept art tutorial

Rogue elf concept art tutorial step by step painting. This is something that I did for fun just to improve my use of more saturate color and lighting on a character. In the first step, I took one my existing painting from the previous post, Photoshop painting tips using light and shadow on character, then paint over it.  What you see in the first image is the final result, I totally changed the character.   For step by step process you can go see the previous post (link above) then the step by step images below.

Merisiel Pathfinder Rogue Elf

Merisiel Pathfinder Rogue Elf

Below are step by step how to paint a rogue elf character.  Step one, I already have the pose and face from the previous demo.  I just painted over it with selected color and redo the hair style in Photoshop.  Step two, I wasn’t happy with the color so I decided to go with red and light blue.  In this process, you can either use Overlay or Color function (mode) in Photoshop for quick fix.  Then painted over again with solid color in normal.  Step three, I began to design and refine the costume and more dramatic lighting.  Step four, I added more design then increased the lighting from the top left.

concept art tutorial rogue elf character

concept art tutorial rogue elf character

Step five, I re painted her hair and started adding more detail onto the costume.  Step six, I add more lighting along her torso then leg.  Step seven, I adjusted the color and lighting on her face a bit, then add more detail onto her leggings.  Step eight, clean up and finished the rest of the figure and weapons.

Photoshop painting process rogue elf part 2

Photoshop painting process rogue elf part 2

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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4 Responses to Rogue elf concept art tutorial

  1. Xia Taptara says:

    Good idea. Dealing with materials and folds perhaps when I have some time. Thanks for the feedback. And BTW many of recent FF (13, 14, 15) characters are in 3D. The concept art for those characters are still very simple and you can still see line art. Not much into dealing with realistic materials and folds. They probably use the same concept team in the past 15 years.

  2. halvvietnames says:

    Hello Xia, you are a real inspiration and I always love your indepth videos! I have some interesting suggestions for future tutorial videos: How would you go about rendering a final fantasy character? That would be very interesting to see, as it is a very hard style to get down imo (been trying for the longest time to no avail). Also, how would you tackle surface materials – like jewelry, foliage… complex, detailed materials. I often as a novice, find the complexity of foliage to be really hard to paint well, so this would be a great help for many I think as there are few tutorials soley directed at surface materials and how to tackle some different textures quickly. Love your videos, and I´ll buy some premium ones! Can´t wait to see more content over there.

  3. Xia Taptara says:

    take your time and constantly practice.

  4. Mimijack says:

    Your artwork is awesome! I want to learn to use my Wacom Bamboo Create tablet, but am having a hard time with the control. I guess it will take a while to get used to. I haven’t even drawn in years, and am recently trying to get back into it, so I have very much enjoyed watching your tutorials on Youtube, even though I am unable to do such things at this time. I need to perfect my hand drawing before I attempt the digital type.
    Thank you for sharing your creative abilities with us.

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