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Making Of 'Xing Tain'

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Date Added: 15th December 2009
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I started working with black and white values first. By doing this, it's easy for me to determine where the lighting and shadows will be placed. I didn't used the brush tool in this step, instead I used the burn tool and dodge tool to add light and shadows up and down the shape. Then I used the variety brush tool to add some texture and stroke details (Fig.06 & Fig.07).

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Fig. 06
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Fig. 07

Skin Brush

Here is the skin brush I download from the talented Chinese artist Yang Xue Guo (Fig.08). It's called the "Blur's Good Brush" and it can be downloaded from his website

I used these three brushes over each other to produce a subtle skin tone.

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Fig. 08

Black and White to Color

Once I was satisfied with the black and white figure, I started to play with the color balance, selective color and replace color tools in order to turn the black and white into a color scheme that I liked (Fig.09 - Fig.11).

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Fig. 09

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Fig. 10
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Fig. 11

Back to 3D

I opened Maya to build the horn and wristband. I find it's an easier and efficient program to use when you want to get the right perspective (Fig.12).

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Fig. 12

The Expression

Beside the pose, all the emotion from this character had to be conveyed through his eyes. So I emphasized the expression of the eye to reflect his anger. I made the eye itself bigger and the pupil smaller and I also chose a shade of red for the eye's makeup. This was the highest saturation of the whole image and helped to attract the viewer's gaze to his eye first (Fig.13)!

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Fig. 13



I used the texture brush to paint the stone and metal (Fig.14 & Fig.15).

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Fig. 14





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Dimitrius231 on Sun, 22 February 2015 8:15am
I think he meant that as "I drew a light shape to know where the light will come from".
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Mekk33 on Wed, 07 August 2013 10:55am
what did you mean by "set a light" you meant figuratively and you just blended wth the light in that direction?
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