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Fantasy Art Tutorial by Grant Wilson

Here is a terrific piece of fantasy art submitted by artist Grant Wilson. This tutorial outlines a few general tips for creating digital coloured versions of your artwork. He has given us a step by step tutorial showing us exactly how he did this.



Desert Riders

Here is how he made this:

This tutorial outlines a few general tips for creating digital coloured versions of your artwork.
Specifically for this image the steps in its' creation were as follows:

1] The Artwork was drawn with fine-liner pen [size 0.3] on simple copier paper, making it cheap to produce. The Art
     will be put into the pc so the standard of paper needn't be so high.
2] The finished line-work was then scanned into the pc at 300 dpi or above to achieve print resolution.
3] Opening the work in photoshop elements I use the magic wand tool to select the white background and remove it by pressing delete or cut.
4] I then created a new layer above the line work and set about painting my chosen colour over the picture [within the lines.]
5] This process is repeated for each coloured element of the picture [a new layer for each] use a hard edge basic brush for this.
6] The blend modes of each layer were set to something suitable like "vivid light" for the bones and tunic. Here
experimentation can be the name of the game.
7] The layers were then merged by going to Layer> merge visible. Be prepared for a slight dulling of your colours if you
have any set to "vivid light" at blend mode.
8] The background was created by a new layer filled with solid colour using the paint bucket tool. This layer was then
put behind the artwork layer.
9] The stars were again painted on a new layer using a hard edge brush of varying sizes, as was the moon.
10] The final step was to add a gradient of suitable colour to a new layer using the gradient tool stretched half-way
up the image. This layers blend mode can be set to anything to achieve subtle highlighting of the foreground. "overlay" and
"vivid light" work well.
11] The image was flattened by going to Layer> flatten image and then saved to the hard disc.
The Artwork is entitled Desert Riders.

You can see more of his artwork by visiting his websites:


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