Digital painting tutorial Gnoll Hyena commandos

This tutorial show you how to paint key concept scene of a pack of hyena super commandos with huge machine guns in mecha armor design concept art.
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I spend about 30 minutes to finish up the speedpainting or composition of the first Hyena, the scared face. The speedpainting is basically a quick concept art to give you overall idea. But then I thought, hyena usually travel in pack so I give him a gang or a troop. Usually I will get one good one out of three to five speedpaints and spend more hours to polish it up like many of my recent concept art. I like the creature design and the lighting in the original for this one so I picked it.

In this tutorial, I also use back lighting on the creature and a little over head from the right side of the screen. Back lighting means you will see the figures or object mostly in shadow. There can possibly be rim light along the edge of the subject. It mostly come from one side, but in this one it comes on both sides of the subject.

You will see all the hyenas in shadow because they are all back lid. But the shadow have value range that is light enough do you can still see some detail in them.

I first painting the creature and the figure with just shapes and silhouettes. Shapes are really important in painting. If you can get these big bold shapes correct, you are more than half way done. As long as you shape contains realistic essence of the subject, it can look very realistic and dramatic lighting will help elevate your painting to another level without much effort.

Tips on speedpainting. Keep it simple first and make your image clear and easy to read or identify.
Things you should focus on primarily.
1) Shapes
2) Lighting and mood
3) Edges and depth of field.

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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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