"The Coronation": Behind the Scenes
1: I begin with a photo of a leaf.
2: I mirror and rotate the photo.
3: I layer over the smooth part of one of the ''horns" to create a shoulder pad.
4: I mirror the entire image.
5: I replace the dark color with a brighter green and contour.
6: I create a cloak by layering the shoulder pads (I would have used the "horns", but I didn't want to recolor again).
7: I add overlap shadows.
8: I draw on the gold for the chain and shoulder pads.
9: I contour the gold to make it 3D and add a shadow over the chain where it is covered by the face (not as simple as other shadows. Ask if you want to know).
10: I draw more gold onto the cloak using the wrong color.
11: I change it to the right color.
12: I add shadows to the gold on the cloak as well as to the cloak itself and the gold on the shoulders.
13: I draw on a gold "crown" with red and blue jewels.
14: I contour each face of the crown, then the top and bottom edges of it, and finally the jewels themselves.
This piece is a bit of an outlier as it was much more complex to make than other pieces are. However, I thought this piece would be fun to list out as it covers a lot of what I do in other pieces. Contouring, layering of pictures, and drawing are some very common tricks I use to create unique textures and generate new worlds that my pieces take place in.
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