Friday, May 31, 2013

Character Designing Peppamint

Since I got a lot of positive feedback about the paintings I did of the Robo-shark Kid and Peppamint I'm going to show my process for painting Peppamint.

My initial stage was to come up with an interesting shape and I started by shaping out what would ultimately become her hat. After having a face that I found appealing, my next step was to come up with a simple but interesting outfit the sort of fit with the overall design. Once all that was in place I considered the sketch phase done.

With the sketch out of the way, I wanted to have a nice "clean" look to the finished piece so I decided to ink the picture. My preferred method is to do my inking in Paint Tool SAI with the Pixel Brush for an extra clean look.

Now with the inking finished I got to work laying out the flat colors. My goal was to use a lot of bright and vibrant colors that I don't normally use, this one especially. Again I laid out my flats with the pixel brush to make it easier to fill large spaces of color with the paint bucket.

Now that I finished this, I went to the rendering phase, which is the most fun part of this after the sketch. For this step, I actually take the work into photoshop which I feel give me a bit more control over my brushes with painting. With all the careful planning on the previous 2 steps, this part goes by very quickly. Also, after working on the rendering, I felt that the bunny she's holding was too similar in color scheme so that was changed by selecting his colors and using color balance.
And here is the finished result.

I hope this helps share some of the help on the matter of my coloring process. Every time I paint I always learn something new.

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