Digital painting tutorial winter assassin concept art. This tutorial shows you how I paint a speedpainting concept art of a Mongol warrior in winter snow storm in the forest. This time I take a slight different approach in the beginning. I use a couple of old painting I did as a base to get my color palette. You will find video tutorial on the top. You can scroll down further to see step by step images with instruction.

There are advantage of having random shapes and color in the background. If you are not used to it, it could be distracting when painting. But once you get accustom to it, it could be extremely helpful and make your workflow a lot faster.

Here is the final image.

winter assassin

winter assassin

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This one I focus mainly on shapes and lighting. I also am limiting my palette into three major color. Dark grey, blue grey and red are my dominant color in this image. As for the samurai assassin character design itself, I use only one dominant color on it.

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 and general features.
2) Lighting and mood.
3) Use value to create depth of field.

Below are step by step process of winter assassin.

digital painting step by step assassin

digital painting step by step assassin

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About The Author
- 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.