Create dramatic lighting in illustration. This video shows you how to create dramatic lighting in illustration. First thing you will notice about this illustration is high contrast of light and dark. Lady in red digital painting tutorial. This video shows you how to paint a scene with light coming through a window. Another concept art from one of my daily speedpainting, Lady in red.

This one is from the topic of my daily spitpaint group, “spikes mace.” This painting takes about thirty minutes or so to finish. I have a vague idea of a classic dame in distress but she wield a nasty spikes mace to save herself from the invaders. Basically I usually start off with simple shapes with distinguish color to create composition. This one I focus on the contrast of light and shadow in the scene. I only expose part of the scene using the directional light. Then I keep the rest in shadow. Then I will flesh out the detail only in the light. I think this quick sketch could be more interesting if I explore it a bit more.

Lady in red digital painting

create dramatic lighting in concept art

create dramatic lighting in 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) Edges and textures.

Below are step by step images

Lady in red digital painting tutorial

lady in red step by step tutorial digital painting

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Create dramatic lighting in illustration

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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.