Tutorial Video: How to Render Concept Art Part 6 – Finishing Touches

In this final episode of the Concept Art tutorial series we add the finishing touches to our creature concept. We will paint the last bit of polish and detail and also create a simple background and make our concept presentable. We take the concept to the final stage so it can be handed off to production or as a marketing illustration. Narrated by the artist.

Tutorial Video: How to Render Concept Art Part 5 – Adding Textures

In part 5 of the Concept Art Tutorial series, we add texture. Using a combination of photographs, photo manipulation, and Photoshop blending modes we seamlessly add texture to our creature design.  This technique will quickly add a nice layer of texture, detail and color variation.  Narrated by the artist.

 

Tonal Composition Studies

A few years ago, I asked several Artists and teachers about an effective way to self-study. They all suggested doing tonal composition studies from old masters.  Tonal Composition study is basically an exercise that develops observation skills. It teaches you how to observe, simplify and distil a complex image into big, simple shapes and 2-3 values.

Simplify, group and then simplfy some more is the lesson here. Below is an example of tonal composition studies I did from November 2011 to January 2012. These were drawn in my toned paper sketchbook, about 1-2 inches in size. See image below for complete materials list.

My daily tonal composition studies from November 2011 to January 2012.

My sketchbook and materials I typically sketch with. These are perfect for doing tonal studies and quick tonal renderings.