Portrait painting sorcerer quick sketch tutorial. This tutorial shows you how to draw and paint a portrait of a fire sorcerer for concept art or visual development. I will also show you how to paint fire and bounce light in this tutorial.



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In this tutorial I was inspired by 1920 costumes and setting. I first explore with background experimenting with new texture brushes. Then I basic flat brush to establish base shape for the sorcerer. At this stage, I only focus on big shapes and general proportion and features to get the overall look and feel of the characters first before I can design the detail of the character. Once you have a good silhouette and general idea for the character then we can start doing more detail. Int this video, I use a lot of references for costumes, jewelry, and accessory of anything from 1920s.

You have to first take care of the big shape then you can think about adding facial structure using values then adding costume design to the character. Shapes, precision and lighting are essential to any painting.
I use a lot of normal layer and just paint like I would paint traditionally in this video. But in this particular video I experiment with many new custom brushes. They can take a while to get use to. Once you get them right and know where to use them, it will my job a lot easier. Hopefully this can be really helpful to you all.
This time have a vague idea of what I want to paint. So it is about play with shapes, texture, trials and errors. But sometime, I know exactly what I want to paint before I start.
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 and general feature
2) Lighting and mood
3) Overall Design and look.

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Portrait painting sorcerer quick sketch tutorial

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 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.