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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 13

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 13: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/kcSZu9aUnyE

You can find out more about the Warriors of Virtue fantasy series by clicking on the link.

First of all an important reminder to save your work if you are working digitally. Today, I painted shadows for over an hour, and though I saved the Photoshop file, I did not stop my Camtasia recording in time. Therefore, the recording vanished and I had to begin again!

The good news is that the first attempt at painting shadows has taught me how to go about it, so the recorded video above of the second attempt involves less trial and error.

Since I do not want to paint outside of the characters, in this video I begin to pain shadows by selecting the characters. If you look at my Layers Panel you will notice that I have merge the three characters onto one layer. I did this by selecting the layers I wanted, right clicking, and choosing Merge Layers from the pop-up menu. I had to do this, because my computer could not handle the large size of the file. I have also gotten rid of some other layers, so that now I only have the essentials I need for the painting.

I selected the characters by using the Magic Wand Tool. With only my characters visible, I clicked on the background then chose Select>Inverse (Shift+Control+I) from the top menu. Then I removed additional unwanted bits by holding Alt key and clicking on the area with my magic wand.

Next I saved my selection by choosing Select>Save Selection. This way if for some reason my selection disappears, I can load it again. Note: by saving your selection, you also create a new channel in your Channels Panel.

With my characters selected, in the Layers Panel, I’ve created a new layer just above my characters. For simple shadows (shadows that are painted on 2D characters), I would paint the shadows in flat colour than change the opacity of the layer to a desired shadow effect. However, since this image is more three dimensional, I had to paint three dimensional shadows.

I chose a standard soft Photoshop brush, the softest brush I could find. Then I brought the opacity level of the brush (if you have the tool selected you can find these options in the bar underneath the top menu) to 10% and then I turned on the pen sensitivity for Opacity, Flow, and sometimes I would add the Airbrush to the combination as well.

The worst thing you can do when you are painting shadows is to have streaks. You create streaks by going over and over the painted layer. Instead, what you want to do is paint as large an area as possible, then only add more shadow to the layer where it is needed. The larger the brush the softer the effect. This gradual layering of paint reminds me of working traditionally with watercolour.

When I create unwanted lines, I try to remove them carefully with an Eraser Tool that has the same level of Opacity and Flow as the Brush Tool. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn’t. There may be a better way of creating gradual shading with digital painting using Layers, but I have not yet made the discovery. My painting is also not movie quality smooth. I actually wanted more textures and a few lines showing (a more painterly effect), so a few lines here and there in the shadows do not take away from the entire work.

Here is the complete painting up to this point:

 since I do not want to paint outside of the characters

Note: This is not the final cover. This is the art resulting at the end of Video 13.

In the following video I will attempt to add light using the Adjustment Panel as N. F. suggest in his tutorial video. I have never done this before, so wish me luck!

If you have any questions, you can ask them in the comments, or if you wish to keep your inquiry private, feel free to contact me.

Cheers!

Mili

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. For a limited time your gift is the Beta version of Episode 01 of Warriors of Virtue. As always, I only write when it is important or to give gifts. I hate spam and will never share your email address.

 

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 12

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 12: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/tsAxi4YdJs4

You can find out more about the Warriors of Virtue fantasy series by clicking on the link.

In this video I’ve decided to add details to the Warrior of Virtue uniform. Inspired by the white tree of Gondor, I’ve added an embroidered apple tree (my favourite fruit at the time) studded with ruby apples to the front of the uniforms. The tree is surrounded by circles and crescent moons. The circles should be the sun to represent night and day vigilance of the warriors, but I’m not 100% sure. Instead of flat colour I’ve added lines to the design to look as if it was created by sowing. Then I realized that the surrounding pattern was too light, so I added more colour.

In the second half of the video I paint the elemental powers. I start with Nenya and the power of water. I’ve never really painted water before, but by typing “water power” into Google’s search engine, I got a lot of interesting images (Did I mention how much I love Google?). For the wind I knew that I wanted to show particles. Therefore, I spent some time designing my own brush. I’m still not sure about the lighting, but I do like the shape of Viliya’s whirlwind. The last is Narya’s fire.

After completing this part of the video, I went back to the Schoolism Pictorial Composition Lesson #5. I was not quite sure what N. F. did to create light groups, but thankefully two Facebook Group members responded to my enquiry. I’ll attempt to follow their advice in the next video.

I’ve also had an epiphany for a very simple Warrior of Virtue cover. Thinking about shadows, I thought about having the water warrior and a dragon as shadows, and a simple monochromatic cover. I’m a huge fan of Drew Struzan, so I like the painted image, but the shadows may be more sophisticated? What do you think?

Warriors of Virtue Simple Cover Design Ideas

I’m thinking of a blue background with black warrior character, blue-black dragon, and a glowing area showing the Warrior’s power.

Cheers!

Mili

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. For a limited time your gift is the Beta version of Episode 01 of Warriors of Virtue. As always, I only write when it is important or to give gifts. I hate spam and will never share your email address.

 

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Designing Legolas: Part 02

Go to Designing Legolas: Part 01.

(If you are new to this blog and have no idea what I’m writing about, you can find out more about FANtasy Character Designs by clicking on the link.)

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Video 01: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/cIU4EwcaJLM

When it comes to The Lord of the Rings, my favourite character is Gandalf. After watching the movie version of the fantasy novel series, I also fell in love with Legolas, portrayed magnificently by Orlando Bloom. Therefore, I really want to make this FANtasy design special. I’m sorry ladies, I will not be using Orlando Bloom as my reference, because I feel that in spite of fantastic makeup, Mr. Bloom is too human. However, I will make him handsome enough, so you need not worry.

J.R.R. Tolkien saw Legolas as an athletic, tough, warrior.

I’m not a prolific sketcher when it comes to drawing ideas most of the time. I tend to spend most of my designing in my head and only put pen to paper when I already have an image in my mind. If you have read Part 01, you will see that I was thinking about doing a profile pose of Legolas. Fortunately, my work prevented me from drawing fan art, and I left the project for several months.

I’m finally ready to continue with the design. Coming back to it, I thought that the profile picture may be too simple, so I decided to create a more rounded design.

Though I can draw human figures from my head, I find that having a visual aid helps me create better and more life like figures. I have recently acquired an Art Pose app on my iPad where I can quickly design the pose and angle of my character prior to creating a rough sketch.

After several hours of posing, and narrowing down my choices to two poses, I’ve invited Facebook and Twitter fans to help me decide which to use. We’ve decided on Pose 1, which you can see below:

Legolas Pose

Using ArtPose App, I’ve designed a pose for Legolas Greenleaf

The idea is to have Legolas Greenleaf balancing on topmost branches of a tree, and I feel this pose shows his impressive majesty.

I imported the image into Photoshop and after attempting to sketch out the pose through observation, I decided to simplify my life and trace the pose onto a new layer.

Though the pose is fine, I find that the proportions of the character are too human, so I decided to elongate Legolas’ torso, and make him appear taller and more elf-like. I can’t remember how tall elves can become, but I think they are at least 6 feet tall. I believe I read something about that in The Silmarillion ages ago.

In my sketches I have figured out his costume design, so the next step was to dress him and add some details to his head.

Legolas Greenleaf rough sketch 01

Legolas Greenleaf rough sketch 01

I have not included Legolas’ twin daggers/swords, but I did give him his 6-foot bow. I have no idea how he runs through the forest with that giant thing, but according to LOTR Wikipedia page the bow is 6-feet long.

The next step of course will be to refine the sketch. I also need to look up some bow designs, since I’ve never taken archery. In the sketch you can see what I think the bow looks like. Google will tell me what it actually looks like.

Until next time…

Cheers!

Mili

If you’d like to get this image when it becomes available join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. For a limited time your gift is the Beta version of Episode 01 of my upcoming original fantasy series Warriors of Virtue. As always, I only write when it is important or to give gifts. I hate spam and will never share your email address.

 

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 11

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 11: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/KyWC9orjd8I

You an find out more about the  Warriors of Virtue fantasy series by clicking on the link.

In this video I continue to add form to the characters. I tend to add form by painting light and shadow areas. However, for the Schoolism Assignment I’ve been given a challenge of adding light and shadow digitally after painting everything without a definite source of light. You may note me deviate from this somewhat, but by the end of the video I think I have finally reached the lighting stage of the project.

In the second half of the video you can also watch as I paint Lord Malachite’s dragon eyes. I had quite the trouble blending the surfaces until I decided to mask the area and use a soft edge brush.

As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Until next time…

>>HUGGS<<

Mili

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. For a limited time your gift is the Beta version of Episode 01 of Warriors of Virtue. As always, I only write when it is important or to give gifts. I hate spam and will never share your email address.

 

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 10

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 10: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/Bep7wQ_D0SE

It has been a while since my last post. My life is finally allowing me to continue working on the Warriors of Virtue cover.

I’m painting, fleshing out more of the characters, costumes, and details. However, I do think I’m too slow. This way of illustrating is taking too long. I think if I was working in traditional media that I would be done by now. I’m actually considering switching from the Pictorial Composition Schoolism course to one of the introduction painting courses, since there has to be a better way to paint digitally. If professional digital painters were working like this, they would never get anything done.

I think I may also do a traditional painting of this cover art for comparison. I want to see how long it would take me to complete the work traditionally, then I will choose which one I will use for the cover.

What I also love about painting traditionally is that I will be left with an actual painting that I may eventual sell to a fan, or giveaway in a future contest.

If you are a digital painter, can you tell me what I’m doing wrong?

Thanks in advance.

Until next time…

>>HUGGS<<

Mili

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. For a limited time your gift is the Beta version of Episode 01 of Warriors of Virtue. As always, I only write when it is important or to give gifts. I hate spam and will never share your email address.

 

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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