Digital painting tutorial desert empire concept art. This tutorial show you how to paint a concept scene of a princess and her bannermen entering a city and castle or palace concept art.
First I am looking for a good reference to create a color palette or color scheme for my concept art. I am looking for something that have look and feel of a camel riding in desert.
I spend about 30 minutes to finish up the composition and speedpainting of a camel rider and soldiers. The speedpainting is basically a quick concept art to give you overall idea. 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. Eventually I will add more additional thought and idea into the image. This one I am thinking of epic fantasy of a palace construction backdrop that has a lot of laborers or perhaps ancient slaves. Then I also change the camel into some desert creature design and make a princess a bit older.
In this tutorial, I also use open sky lighting the scene and a bit of back lighting.
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.
2) Lighting and mood
3) Edges and depth of field.
Below are step by step painting process.
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