Character art tutorial, Perseus and Pegasus. In this tutorial, I will show you step by step how I create Perseus and Pegasus illustration. Most of the time, when I receive an assignment, I have something in mind. I will start with thumbnails then comps. Once I have that I will start my sketch and bring it to finish character art and illustration. Most of the character art I did, it begins with description from a writer.
Perseus was the son of Zeus and Danae. Danae’s father, King Acrisius, set Danae and her son adrift on the sea because of a prophecy that Perseus would kill him. The two were taken in by Polydectes, the king of Seriphus. Polydectes later conceived a passion for Danae, but was unable to force his attentions on her because Perseus had grown into a redoubtable protector. To get rid of Perseus, Polydectes sent him on a quest to bring back the head of the Gorgon Medusa, a snake-haired maiden who turned all who saw her into stone. Perseus accomplished his quest with the help of Hermes and Athena.
Pegasus is one of the best known mythological creatures in Greek mythology. It is a winged divine horse, usually depicted as white in colour. He was sired by Poseidon, in his role as horse-god, and foaled by the Gorgon Medusa.
Below is the description from a client.
Handsome young man. Rides the white Pegasus through the sky. Side view composition, Perseus and Pegasus rise upwards. Perseus should have a dynamic pose, either leaning way forward or way back. The composition should be tight on Perseus, so mostly just the head and wings of Pegasus will be seen. Golden light shines through the clouds above him, like the favor of the gods.
Below are step by step how I make a character art, Perseus and Pegasus. Once I select a final thumbnail, I will sketch them in a bigger image as in step one. Step two, I filled in simple value over the sketch to make it a more interesting composition. Value or gray scale is very important, if you can make your gray scale comps look cool then it will be easy when you decide to color them. Step three and four, I added more detail to the character and paint the horse and its wing. Step five, I painted the horse all the way to almost finish. Step six, I changed the character design and position, but keep Pegasus the same.
Step eight, I settle on the pose of Perseus then add a shining light from the sky. Step nine, I apply color using overlay. At this point, I still keep it monochrome or with minimum color introduced. Step ten, I darken the figure and the horse since the light is coming from the back. Step eleven, I refined the face of our hero more then add rim light around the characters. Then it is almost done.
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