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Concept Art with Photoshop - Characters

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[/center]Concept Art With Photoshop – Characters

In this tutorial we'll cover the steps on how to create an orthographic character rendering in Photoshop. We'll begin with a line drawing of half the character then refine the edges as we fill it in. Next we'll continue working in grey-scale while adding shading and lighting to bring out the character's form. Then using simple Photoshop techniques we'll go on to create symmetrical front, back and side renderings. Finally, we'll add a color overlay to give our character a unique look.

Chapter 1 - Introduction

In this introduction we'll briefly describe what will be covered in the following tutorial.


Chapter 2 - Line Drawing

In this chapter we begin to fill in the line drawing with a solid tone.


Chapter 3 - Shading

In this chapter we'll merge the line drawing and fill layers together then begin shading in details.


Chapter 4 - Rendering

In this chapter we'll start to add definition and depth to the shaded outline.


Chapter 5 - Duplicate & Flip Horizontal

In this chapter you'll duplicate the rendered half of your drawing, then flip it horizontally to create a full character.


Chapter 6 - Backside

By duplicating our front view we'll quickly paint the back view of our character.


Chapter 7 - Sideview

In this section we'll create the side view of our character using the front and back views as guides.


Chapter 8 - Color Overlay

In this chapter we'll finish off our character with some color. First we'll create a new layer and fill it with color then we'll set the blending mode to overlay.


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Aug 11 2011 06:00 PM
This is super awesome!!!

I would have liked to have seen how the also come up with the character designs- do they use a mood boards, and general descriptions, search google images and istockphoto for references, or base it on something else?

Excellent idea, and it was very enlightening to see the process of adding shading and color! I haven't done multiple colors on overlays before, but now it obviously makes sense.
Aug 19 2011 04:45 AM
Wow! This is such useful tutorial from which you can actually learn something. Thanks!
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Mar 28 2013 02:41 AM

This is awesome... Now i can finally create my own art without having to annoy my team's concept artist.. :P

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