To answer your question Coinpurse, "do you usually start off with greyscale before adding color?"...most of the time. I really dont have a set rule or anything, but i usually like to do it like a grisalle underpainting. Which is basically a monochrome sketch to get the basic values and a little bit of color to start your engine. Depending on what color scheme I want, I choose the compliment of the dominant color so that it will automatically creates a nice neutral that I can then push and pull more colors as i wish. I usually only paint on the color layer for about 2 minutes though, then merge that to my background and then paint right on top of that. It gets a little washy looking if you just paint on the color layer.
Here's an update on the gas mask dude. Concept wise I think this sucks lol, i mean...its a dude with a gas mask and a demon arm thing, and I really didnt think anything out design wise. I just like painting sometimes I guess.
looking sick man, love that gaunt! watch the right arm though, i'm seeing some "wonkyness" with that forearm. I also think if you gave that gaunt some more weight, it'd really help out the characters form. Maybe have him slanted a bit more towards it?
If you don't mind me asking, how many layers do you actually use?
Good advice Coinpurse, thanks for the help. I really appreciate it.
I usually use about 3 max. I like to paint on only one most the time. I find that when I get into layer like 5 or six...i get to concerned with layers and crap. I usually only create a new one when I try a bold design decision. then merge that as soon as I find it works or delete it if it doesnt.
Also here's another sketch I have been working on for the last hour. I dont know much about it, I might do a character turn around and story for this thing later on, but I think I do this because of my A D D. lol. Anyhoot here's more poop.
yeah Icon, when you mentioned Karla before thats the first person that popped up in my head.
Updates looking mad sick Cole, but buddy (left forearm is it now?) still has that wonky perspective. I think its the way you positioned the hand, and the size of the hand in general. Tell ya what, paint a green blob over it, and repaint it larger in a different position. Telling ya man, you'll thank me