Creature’s portrait concept art step by step. In this tutorial, I will show you a rough creature’s portrait concept design.  This is a step by step process of how to create a quick concept sketch with just black and white or achromatic (You can also use monochromatic scheme).  Then you can take your design into more detail once you get your lighting established.

This tutorial is one of the most requested from readers to make a premium tutorial on the subject.  I just finally get some times to sit around the computer on my free time to make it.  Lots of you have ask me about how I create texture on creature’s skin, scales and cracks.  Here, I am going to show you the drawing and painting process of what I usually do for creature design.  Again I would strongly recommend that you focus values first then the rest will follow.
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Anyway, this Chubba creature concept took me about 45 minutes or so.  In this process, I didn’t have any design in mind to begin with. It takes quite a bit of time to think of the demon’s head design and texture I will give him.   Whenever I design a creature, I would  have to look at some real animal references. That is one way to make your creature looks convincingly realistic because you borrow some elements from real animals.  Also, before you do any concept design, don’t forget thumbnails.

Below are step by step how to draw and design a demon creature’s portrait.  Step one, I make a rough sketch to get the idea of its shape and form.  Step two, once that establishes, I begin to give it basic light and shadow.  Step three, I then add lighter value on the main or focal point (face).  Step four, I can now add color onto its head and body using overlay or color or multiply.  Step five, I usually merge all the layer down so that I can actually paint over with normal paint.  Step six, I can now add some texture to its head, horns, and tusks.  Step seven, I decide to add more light onto the creature to make it stand out more.  Done!

creature concept art tutorial

creature concept art tutorial

Here is a bigger final piece of Demon’s creature portrait design.

Demon  creature portrait concept art

Demon creature portrait concept art

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Demon creature portrait concept art step by step

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- 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.