Photoshop digital painting tutorial Samurai character concept art. In this tutorial, I will show you simple step by step instruction.  This is my usual character creation process.

This illustration is another assignment from a client. Client will give me description to go of from. About the character, the samurai is in a bad situation. He’s killed all the goblins, but now he’s found a number of goblin babies. What should he do? He’s holding a crying baby goblin swaddled in rags and several other tiny goblin babies are at his feet. The samurai has a confused and concerned.
First thing I usually do is sketch a rough character base on the description. I sometimes will create a lot of variations. If it is the subject I already familiar with, I will just dive right in. Or I will have to do some research before hand. Again I would strongly recommend that you focus values first then the rest will follow. Thanks  again for all the kind comments and support. Hopefully this tutorial will help you somehow.

samurai general concept art

samurai general concept art

Below are step by step digital painting tutorial, how to paint a samurai character.
Keep in mind that this is a simple step by step tutorial, I do what I can in my free time to make quick short and simple tutorial.  Step one, I sketch a basic samurai guy with traditional armor.  I also assign basic value or gray scale onto the figure.  I will just skip the drawing part since this tutorial is more toward intermediate digital painting.    Step two, I then apply more color over the figure.  If you are familiar with my tutorial, I usually start off with monochromatic.   From step three, I just paint with color to start with pick base color for skin, hair and clothing.   I also paint his facial feature.

digital painting tutorial samurai

digital painting tutorial samurai

Step four, I rearrange lighting and color get his clothing different texture like wood, cloth and metal along with his decoration.  Step five, I keep adjust his lighting until I get him to look the way I want.  Step six, I finalize the image.

samurai painting step by step

samurai painting step by step

Here are some video demo of how I usually paint a character. This one is with little or no narration.

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Photoshop digital painting tutorial Samurai character

About The Author
- 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. Business Inquiry please e-mail me.

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