This is my first tutorial, so please be gentle. Here I'm going to explain my basic process of painting in Photoshop. This piece was done for the CHOW #13 "Character of the Week" challenges on ConceptArt.org
and this was the brief:
"Lord George Henry Fredrickson. Mid to late 1800's. Lord Fredrickson is a Lich hunter & Master of the Occult of some quiet acclaim in certain discerning circles. By nature he is a reserved man, brutally intelligent, quick in thought and often in action, but never reckless.
Cursed more than a century ago by an Egyptian Lich, Lord Fredrickson walks the twilight between the true light of life and the enternal darkness of death. He can not die, though he can not really live either.
"With each Lich Lord Fredrickson dispatches, he desperately searches for a counter curse to his affliction, but none have been found, much to his continued frustration. Over the past few decades, his searches have turned more desperate, as madness is slowly claiming him. In his more lucid moments, he fears for those he cares for, but holds little hope of changing his fortunes. Isabelle, his wife, has been instructed in the art of horcrux destruction, and how to kill a Lich, but as Lord Fredrickson has no known horcrux, it is feared that all efforts will be futile."
I begin with a sketch. At this moment I don't have something clear in my mind, just a vague idea so I start to do some sketches on paper, because I feel more comfortable sketching with my pen. I want to do something creepy, but not too horrific,, something mysterious - I want him to look noble
Right, now I'm not sure which face I like more, so I scan the sketches, open them in Photoshop and begin to add some colours to see how they look. For colour I use my Wacom Volito tablet, not the best out there but it works for me, but I recommend a Wacom Graphire
Well, I decide to go on with this one. I like his expression and also the stripes on his face, probably inspired by Prince of Persia - Warrior Within concepts, I don't know. I think of those glowing stripes as a mark of the curse that is upon him.
Now I need to finish the clothes, for this I'm using some reference, so I open Google and search for some appropriate images; then I select a few and combine the elements I like from each one into one original costume. This is where the magic happens
I always try to do something new and never seen before something that pushes the limits, almost to exaggeration, yet credible.. So here is the final concept, also done in the classic way, with pen on paper