Grybbit Evolution

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

Charlie Crawford

(uploaded 02/~/01) This is a composite image of the steps I go through in creating an image. The Grybbit is of particular interest of me since I haven't done a non-humanoid character in quite a long time; however, all of my pictures go through basically the same process.I start out with concept sketches. Very loose and light, these sketches allow me to work out such thngs as costume details, pose, and conceptual difficulties before comitting myself to a final image. For the Grybbit much of this work is anatomical sketches of the animals its composed of.Once I have the concept pretty much worked out, I create a final image. I start with a pencil sketch, roughing the figure in before going back and doing final detail. Once I'm happy with the pencil work I use a technical pen to ink in the line drawing. I'm currently at a stage where I like my pencil work, but hate my inking. However, the inking makes a notable difference in the final coloring stage so I keep working on it.Once I have the image inked, scanned and cleaned up I apply color to all areas. I start with a flat single-color scheme to get a feel for the final figure. Once I'm happy with the basic scheme, I go in and add shading and texture (In this case, I added texture to the Grybbit's feathers).At this point, the image is nearly finished. I'll go back in and add detail work, such as backgrounds or spell effects (as can be seen in my images of Alabaster and Auruae). Not horribly complex, but I figured it might help to break the process down to see in what stages I'm in need of improvement.

Published More than a year ago

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