Digital painting tutorial Tarzan looking over the jungle. This tutorial shows you how to draw and paint an environmental concept design of Tarzan standing over the tree top and dense jungle. You can scroll down below to see step by step images with instruction.

In this tutorial I start with a rough idea of a Tarzan standing over the tree trunk with vine. I first explore with dense jungle over the horizon. I am using the texture to convey materials and also light and sunrise on the horizon. Then I explore what kind of lighting direction do I want. Then I add a big tree trunk with vine and a character, Tarzan. 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. In this case, I chose back lighting so there wouldn’t be much detail on the character. Once you have a good silhouette with lighting and good form then we can start doing a bit 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.

tarzan concept art

tarzan concept art

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Again I usually start my image from shapes and build those shape up along with composition in mind. The lighting and value.

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

digital painting tutorial tarzan jungle

digital painting tutorial tarzan jungle

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Digital painting tutorial Tarzan looking over the jungle

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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.