Hello fellow artists! My name is Daria Widermanska-Spala and I’m a freelance illustrator, who loves digital painting. In this tutorial I will take you through the process of creating my “Character 01” concept illustration. This is the first picture from my “8 characters project”, where I introduce main protagonists from my future-written-story. When painting digitally, I always use Photoshop (my version is CS5, but I guess anything above 7 will do) and Wacom tablet (Intuos3, to be exact).
The girl presented here is a 16-year-old main female character named Natalie, who despite being involved in extraordinary events, is a typical non-experienced, naive & rebellious teenager. That is why the first phase consisted of thinking about how to show these two sides of her – normal, but with a slight of mystery. I opened my Photoshop, created a new file, picked a random brush with an Opacity Jitter set to Pen Pressure, and started sketching some quick silhouettes, not focusing on any details yet, just to catch the overall idea about the pose and how the character moves.
Once I chose the concept that suited me the most, I moved it onto a new file (I usually start from normal A4 300dpi and crop/resize it later), set the layer Opacity to about 20%, created a new one above it and started defining the final sketch. My Natalie is a bit emo-styled, so I did a little research to know how her clothes should look like image. I generally use the same brush for both sketching and painting, a rounded blob jagged on the edges (Spacing 10%, Opacity Jitter to Pen Pressure & Smoothing on), which I found some time ago on the Internet. But anything rugged and rounded will do the job, believe me.