It was already night, I thought that I could give another sketch until I go to sleep, it was about 11 pm and I went to bed at 6 am.
This is how I got to paint this little fella’. I was thinking about a cute little monster that could fly (inspired a little by a drawing I’ve seen years ago https://mir-s3-cdn-cf.behance.net/project_modules/disp/2df98725825559.5604d00054f27.jpg , the artist is tipa_graphic).
I was really interested in a subject that could give me the chance to apply what I knew about transmitted light and scattering light. Something that I’ve studied recently but not with a final destination.
First of all I did the sketch, and refined it as much as possible (because of my old tablet the lines weren’t very clear, but with painting you can fix that). After that I added the local color without strong illumination, just flat colors. At this stage I really want to feel that the chromatic scheme pops up the drawing in a natural way, and without any shadow and light everything looks more or less real.
In the next step I’m adding shadows with color relevance, shadows that borrow color from ambient or other objects that are near. Meanwhile I am reassuring everything stil has a natural feeling.
After the shadows are applied, I’m doing some cleaning on the overall shapes and getting rid of the lines. Now is the time when I add colors reflected from other surfaces keeping in mind what type of material is underneath (fur reflects different than plastic or metal).
One of the last steps is adding the light, but on multiple levels, I don’t put the strongest color from beginning. I am adding light over light while thinking about how it could be influenced by its surrounding space. At the end I am adding rim light, making color corrections and sharpen details and contour. Put a color and theme related background, and the drawing is good to go.
Feel free to check it and appreciate it at a higher quality on behance: https://www.behance.net/gallery/37200317/Mad-Dog