Digital Painting tutorial shield maidens concept art. This tutorial shows you how to paint a concept art of a shield maidens of the Viking. This image takes me about a few hours to finish. You can scroll down further to see step by step images with instruction.

A lot of concept art or illustration is all about telling story. In this one not so much but showing a company of shield maidens walking toward the camera. Not really much of a story behind it but playing with the composition and characters and scene design.
In this tutorial I start with a vague or rough idea, I can then start to explore with shape on my canvas. Then I tackles on the character design with the front lighting. At this stage, I only focus on big shapes, lighting and compostion to get the overall look and feel of the scene. Then the rest will take care of itself, I will just add the detail to the background and characters as I go on painting.
This time though I have a good idea of what I want to paint. But sometime, I will just let the visual shapes and color guide me as I go.
Again I usually start my image from shapes and build those shape up along with composition in mind. The lighting and value.

shield maiden concept art tutorial

shield maiden concept art tutorial

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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 painting tutorial.

how to paint concept art

how to paint concept art

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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.


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