I haven’t done a process post in a while…So I figure it’s about time.
For anyone who follows me on twitter knows I talk about the Elder Scrolls games a lot but more importantly the game Elder Scrolls 3-MORROWIND.
I spent a lot of time in middle school and early high school playing this game. It was full of plot, quests, customization, and philosophy. It was a shock to the senses! I’m sure by modern standards the game is unplayable and super difficult.
Anyway, I always start off sitting at my desk, sketching, and doing research. I’ve been working on a longer comic project, so I was looking for something to keep me busy that wasn’t a comic…So a painting it is.
I was watching/listening of a play through of Morrowind and I thought it would be cool to illustrate a video game that has really inspired me. I started sketching out my character I played with in middle school but I wanted to capture all the aspects of my character. Which made me think of adding the extra sets of arms.
Then I moved onto my watercolor paper and penciled out the basic poses and did the research to find images of all the armor and weapons. In my first post I’ll listed all the artifacts and gear my Nerevarine is wearing.
Once I locked down all the basic shapes I start inking. I use a #2 cheap sable brush and some FW ink. I work fast and try not to think too hard. Just keep working on getting everything outlined. I always start with inking the face…I figure if I mess up the face, I’m just going to have to start over anyway, so I might as well start there.
Now that everything is all inked I always start painting the largest area first. 1. to make myself feel like the painting is almost done and
2. because it the largest color/space and it’s going to affect all the other colors in the painting. (color theory 101).
I always start painting with a plan…if not I get kind of the to many colors in the crayon box syndrome. Meaning I choose to many colors and the painting looks like crap. I always have a basic idea what color everything is going to be and what other tones I’ll be using for shadows.
For me having a limited color palette keeps me from going crazy and getting the painting done faster.
Then I just paint and paint and paint and paint! Then I wait for it to dry and add any extra highlights and shadows the painting needs.
Then the task of scanning a page that’s 18x24 inches. I had to scan the thing in 6 different pieces the pasting it together in photoshop. After I get everything all lined up I color correct the painting by adjusting the hue/saturation and with the levels.
THEN I’M DONE!
This was a fun weekend project but now back to comics and work.