Darkstalker Tribute winner list!!~
This holiday was quite boring, so i thought Ill just paste a little of the 'The Making' of my 'Darkstalker: Lantern of the Night' because im not on the list!Haha~
Hope u guys enjoy the process of my work as much as I did & feel more psyched about digital painting~ Wink
Got a hot Nescafe 3 in 1 'Rich' on my table. It has to be rich or nothing would feel the same. And lets not forget the music i like(both also very important!)
Opened a new file and started fast sketching on this character(Hsien-ko) & the background...
Next, I added another new layer for detail outline
Sketched some accessories for her...(i wan her to be a little bit punk)
The hardest part of the sketch is the hands coz this hand is also Hsien-ko's weapon in Darkstalker
I tried sketching a number of times and spend some time on this weapon but... +__@
then i stopped to get my inspiration by playing PSP Darkstalker ..
Finally, idea popped out when i won the game on my PSP. Each time Hsien-ko wins the match, she will put her hand on the weapon! Here it is, her new hand was born...
Because the new hand blocked the temple of my background ... so i drew a new one, at the same time, giving the readers a glint of where she actually stays...
My concept is she juz beat down ANAKARIS(Egypt King) and to represent that, i drew a bit his element on the floor to show that he lost in that match...The word '奠’ i drew with chinese traditional brush(毛笔) on paper & scanned it and adapted it onto the lantern & multiplied it.Done. This is my final sketching...
It's time to fill color on it! I put some basic color on her at first...(i only use this Tinting[basic round] to finished this work)
Actually i love to finish my main character first then continue with the background. Then I moved on with the shading...
Applied some dark & light color on her... (remember save it to another file for backup when u color it! to avoid unwanted incident, if not u need to draw again... Don't take this lightly because it happened to me once when i was finishing this work, luckily i got a backup psd file!)
Applied lighter color on her boobs...
Then I applied darker shadow on her hand coz the weapon blocked the lantern's light...
After finishing her body & her hand, then I moved on with her face... (because of the light from the lantern, I painted it from the bottom to the top. Its easier for me to apply colour and light sensitivity on my artwork...
This is the best function by Corel Painter. u can rotate your work anyway u like for the best way to draw! (shortcut key: E)
I started to paint the background. after that i opened a new layer for the lighting from lantern & provided an overlay before the bg layer... (i use a lot of layer on my work coz it made it easier to change into another effect or color. and of course, i'm not PUPPETEER! he only needed to juz use one layer for all his work! awesome!)
Then I drew some grass behind the ladder(forgot to capture screen for the roof process...)
This step was to draw the moon & cloud(i opened a new layer for cloud)
I finished with the cloud's layer and then continued with some bamboo.
The bg almost done dy, but the cloud...
Then i put multiply on the cloud layer, it looked better.
Then I drew her partner- Mei-Ling behind her， throwing 'fu'(符).
Realising the smoke was also the hardest part for me. i tried download some smoke pic & mask it with photoshop & draw the smoke with 20-30 opacity brush. Duplicated it and put on my work layer.
This step quite important for me coz i can change any tone or feel for my work. Opened a new layer and added a gradient(overlay)
It was time to put more detail work on bg...
I added some motion blur effect on the word coz I was to show that the lantern was moving! Copied the lantern to another new layer and made it bigger & put more lower opacity then moved it to the right.
I done this work at my house with LCD monitor, so the color is not entirely the same when i printed it out. So i changed the contrast on the final step and stamped my name/seal. Done!
Hope u guys enjoy it :)
Any mistake or comment, you can juz leave me a message~ thx.