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Oct
29

How I Made: The Morning Star

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Tips & Tutorials, by The Advanced Photoshop Team

Discover how Adam Spizak combined 3D, paint, and photo stock to create esoteric digital artwork

How I Made: The Morning Star

Thanks go out to Adam Spizak for this How I Made. See more at www.spizak.com

 

01 Sketch the concept

How I Made: The Morning Star

The initial sketch of the lion’s head was done after researching the best possible pose. The sketch was created using a 2px hard brush, added on top of a neutral grey background.
 

02 Colour thumbnail

How I Made: The Morning Star

The concept began with a base doodle in a small 400 x 400px document. I worked at this size as it helps me to block out basic form and establishing initial colours.
 

03 Refine the image

How I Made: The Morning Star

I resized the thumbnail sketch to around 3000 x 3000px, so I had enough definition to work in detail. I started by applying a medium soft 10px brush, creating the eyes and base detail.
 

04 Clean shapes

How I Made: The Morning Star

I applied a small hard 4px brush and a medium soft 6px brush, working in the details and defining areas of fur. I established light and shade on the face then used the Smudge tool (K) to soften my strokes.
 

05 Tweak colours

How I Made: The Morning Star

I applied Adjustment Curve and Colour Balance layers to tweak colour and contrast. Using the Liquify Filter, I tweaked the eyes and front of the face. I painted in braids using a 10px hard brush.
 

06 Going HD

How I Made: The Morning Star

Using small 1-3px hard brush, I zoomed in at 400% and worked on hair detail, eyes, tears and nose lights. The necklaces were made in Zbrush and stock images of feathers were added as well.
 

07 Cloudy Backdrop

How I Made: The Morning Star

Stock photography was used to create a cloudy backdrop. A small 2px Hard brush was applied to create stars and particles around the lion. I used a large 30px Soft brush with Opacity set at 10% to add colour on top of Overlay blend mode layers.
 

08 Final touches

How I Made: The Morning Star

A Colour Balance adjustment layer brought the image together. Rectangular selections were added to new Linear Dodge (Add) layers, filled with light blue colour and treated with horizontal Motion Blur – thus creating lens flares.
 

  • jamurjamban

    fantastic work, truly inspires me