Draw character design tutorial Horus the guardian. This tutorial shows you how to draw and paint a character design of Horus the guardian character. This tutorial shows you from drawing step to rough semi-finished painting. You can scroll down further to see step by step images with instruction.

In this tutorial I start with a rough idea of a Ancient Egyptian guardian Horus. I first explore with human shapes with the head of a falcon in mind. I am using the texture to convey materials and also light and shadow. Then I explore what kind of lighting direction do I want. At this stage, I only focus on big shapes, lighting and base to get the overall look and feel of the character first before I can design the detail of the costume. Once you have a good silhouette with lighting and good form then we can start doing more detail.
You have to first take care of the big shape then you can think about adding design and little detail.
I use a lot of normal layer and just paint like I would paint traditionally in this video. But with a lot of help from custom brushes. Hopefully this can be really helpful to you all.
This time though I struggle a bit in the beginning because I only have vague idea of what I want. 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.

horus character concept art

horus character concept art


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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) Overall Design and look.

Below are step by step drawing Horus the guardian.

character design tutorial horus

character design tutorial horus

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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 IdrawGirls.com (TheArtClasses.com) 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.