With the basic design complete, Charybdis is ready to be presented in a final image. Refer back to the brief and first thoughts to consider how she should be portrayed. Are any elements of the brief not clearly shown in her design that could be emphasized in the finished illustration?
In my final image, I want to establish Charybdis as the huge beast described in the brief. Including objects to act as a scale reference is the best way to do this. A vessel teetering on the lip of a whirlpool seems a good choice as it will add a sense of drama and peril in addition to showing the size of the creature.
To further emphasize the scale of Charybdis, I'll show her rising out of the sea and set a low viewpoint. This will give the impression that the viewer is looking up at the beast, suggesting that she rises high into the sky. Placing her out of the water also allows for a better view of Charybdis. Including the jagged cliffs of some inhospitable island in the background will also help to define scale.
Set up the basic composition with simple shapes to begin with as this will make it much easier to find a balance. Try to deal with the image as a whole rather than focusing on any single aspect (Fig.04).
Once a simple layout is established, add details as necessary (Fig.05).
Next, consider values. Here is where the lighting and mood is set up. What atmosphere suits your creation best? Moody? Sinister? Melancholy? I want my final piece to be dramatic. A night sky should provide a good background for Charybdis, whose horrible bulk will be strongly illuminated against a crashing sea and tumbling rocks. Keeping the sky clear will help to suggest the maelstrom before her is her work, not stormy weather (Fig.06).
To quickly lay in values, I place the sketch on a new layer set to Multiply and work with a large brush on the layer below. Once a rough pattern of values is established, I flatten the image and work into it to add detail (Fig.07).
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