I know people always say to never use colour dodge, but when used correctly it is a great tool. First you need to pick a dark colour. If you pick a light colour you will overexpose the illustration very quickly. Next, click on the brush tool and go up to the "mode” pull down and select "colour dodge”. You can use any brush you like, but I find it easier to use a soft brush. Sometimes the area you paint will become very saturated, so just go back in with the desaturate brush. For the plates on the arm, I first paint in the curved shadows that they create (Fig07a & b). Then I put in some specular highlights, the core shadow, reflected light, and a highlight to the rim of the plates (Fig07c).
A lot of people ask me how to get textures in their paintings (Fig.08).
Most of the time I just paint my textures in manually with my brushes, but sometimes I will overlay a texture from a photo. I found this texture from Barontieri (www.barontieri.com). The easy way to add texture to a painting is to take the texture, copy and paste it into your illustration, and set the layer property to overlay. Then you can knock down the opacity to whatever looks good. In this case I lowered the opacity to 45%. I wasn't really feeling that his pose was fitting with what I had in mind, so I changed around his stance to a more confident pose (Fig09 & 10).
Again, whenever you are painting something, be sure to remember that there are several parts to describing form, such as the core shadow, reflected light, and the highlight (Fig11).
Another really cool part to paint of armour is the chain mail (Fig12 & 13a).
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