Concept art tutorial creature in ancient ruins. This tutorial show you how to paint a giant centipede creature in an ancient ruins environment concept art. And there are also a kid with her dog trying to take it down with sling shot for little humor. You can scroll down further to see step by step images with instruction.

I spend about 30 minutes to finish up the speedpainting or composition and key frame. The speedpainting is basically a quick concept art to give you overall idea of composition, lighting and mood. Usually I will get one good one out of three to five speedpaints and spend more hours to polish it up like this one. I like the composition and the lighting in the original for this one so I picked it.

creepy crawler in ancient ruins

creepy crawler in ancient ruins

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In this tutorial, I also use back lighting on the creature and a little over head from the left 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.

The main giant creature is most of its body lies within the shadow range though you can still see some detail in them.
Since we are going to see a massive area for background environment and the giant creatures in this one, I pay a lot of attention to them on how to get more detail on the ruins, statue, plants, and trees to look right. I also have to make sure it give proper sense of depth using value and edges.

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.

Below are step by step how I paint the concept art.

environmental concept tutorial ancient ruins

environmental concept tutorial ancient ruins

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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.