As many of you know, I am in charge of providing the prizes for this year's ATT challenge, which resulted in several extraordinarily crafted, modeled and conceptualized entries. Three entries, however, were picked as the public's favourites; Wolf16
's and Bluedestiny
's. As such, each of them is entitled to one or more illustrations, and after checking in with them on their preferences, I'm starting this small project log to share the process of creating these illustrations with the ATT community.
First off, all three of the winners were entitled to a custom made avatar, and considering these are the fastest to make, i'm starting with a step by step log of how I make these quick avatars.Step 1 - Sketch Phase
The first step is to make a quick, rather simple sketch of the characters in the avatars. These sketches were made using a Wacom tablet, directly on photoshop, however, scanned in pencil sketches work just as well, if not better. The sketches don't have to be particularly clean or detailed, as they will be almost entirely painted over afterwards.Step 2 - Masking
Masking is simply separating the parts of the image that are to be painted from the background. While many artists use a variety of layers to obtain more control, I work almost entirely in one layer. To mask the image I simply painted in the sketch with a single grey color on Pain Tool SAI and then flattened both layers.
To be continued....