Digital painting tutorial painting wizard elf.

Digital painting tutorial painting wizard elf. In this tutorial, I will show you a step by step digital painting for a character that I did for Paizo Publication. The character is part of a Pathfinder series.  This is a step by step process of how to create a character for a fantasy genre game.

I usually receive description from client for character concept illustration that I will be working on. This character assignment, I have to design a female elf caster. This is a female elf wizard with dark hair and orange-gold-colored eyes. She wears long red robes and holds a gnarled wooden staff. She’s holding an orb of magical golden fire in one hand.
First I will sketch some thumbnails base on the description. But if I already familiar with the subject, I will just dive right in. In this tutorial, I am going to show you the character design and illustration process.  Again I would strongly recommend that you focus basic values or lighting then the rest will follow.

Here is a final character design for Wizard Elf, Iliara Starcloak.

wizard elf

wizard elf

Below are step by step how to paint a female elf.  Step one, I sketch a basic female body in a casting action pose.  It is very similar to gesture drawing but with more detail.  Step two, I then assign color to skin tone and dress.  Step three, I paint her hair then add lighting to her body.  Step four, I decid to repaint her skin with slightly shift hue toward more pink/purple.  Then I paint more light and shadow onto her face.  Step five,  I give her overall value using lighting.  I just use normal mode and paint with color.

how to draw elf wizard

how to draw elf wizard

Step six, I paint her hand, the golden orb and more detail on dress and jewels.  Step seven, I add paint her mid section then add belts and ornament to her leggings.  Step eight, I then finish up the rest of the detail on her design.

photoshop painting tutorial elf

photoshop painting tutorial elf

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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 IdrawGirls.com (TheArtClasses.com) 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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