Hello, everyone! I'm glad to share the creation process of "Xing Tain" here. The original concept was based on a Chinese mythical character who I read about in a book: a brave warrior who was defeated in battle. After he'd had his head cut off by his enemy, the warrior's anger turned his nipples into eyes and he stood up and still fought in the war. He was symbolized as brave, tough, and determined; a hero born of a tragedy. I thought the description was interesting and I started to do more research on the internet, so that I could represent this character in my painting.
Concept / Sketches
I came across this image on the internet (Fig.01) and found the character looked really cute and interesting.
I also collected some references that I thought I might use (Fig.02). I imagined the character to have simple, but still sharp-looking armor and so I thought that punk rivets might suit the style of the armor. I also wanted his skin to look solid, like rock, and for him to not be wearing very much - like a boxer.
Here is the rough sketch of "Xing Tain" based on these ideas (Fig.03).
I put the sketch layer on the top and set it to multiply mode. I also set a light in the top at a 45 degree angle (Fig.04 & Fig.05).