One of my last big pieces from 2017! :D Hope ya'll had a great year, or at least, things are okay <3 I wanted to talk a bit more about this piece in detail, since I didn't really do so during the stream (well, I did a little) or the subsequent time lapse video (at bottom).
So let's break this baby down!
I start off with a thumbnail to map out my idea. Don't worry about details, if things are messy, that's okay. The important thing is that you understand it.
For thumbnails, you'll want these rather small. I'd advise doing a few and play around with your options. Even if you like the first one, you never know if you might come up with something better. ;)
I lay down the flat colors/gradients. I used a few references to get an idea of what things would look like at night. (ie the sky and mountains) Best not to guess if you're wanting things to look as accurate as possible :)
Now I start filling in the sky, doing my best to work back to front. (As in, what is behind all the details I see in the reference? Build from the ground up.) I'm being messy with the colors since I'll blur it later. I mostly just want to make sure everything is in the right place.
I blur out the background (Gaussian Blur tool) so everything is smooth. I just needed a back drop to lay the details on top of. Basically covering the "white" of the canvas.
Bit of a jump here, feel free to watch the video below to get more of an idea of what I'm doing. Basically I'm just doing my best to follow the reference, placing color best I can in the right spots, trying to add in some texture with a cloudy/messy brush. Since I'm working digitally, I can take advantages of layers, and add things behind what I've done if necessary.
Continuing on with the details. Adding more clouds, blending, etc. A lot of the styles and methods were either made up on the spot, or just reworking my usual methods to try and make this work. Again, this is a first for me, so it's a lot of trial and error.
This is where things start to get more fun! Adding in more contrast with lighter lights and darker darks. A quick way to do this would be using overlay/soft light layers. Be sure to check your values often by changing your artwork into greyscale!
And that's it for this fellah! Hopefully you found some of these tips helpful.
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