I'm working on an illustration (currently doing thumbnails) where I must depict magic casting and magical drain in shadowrun (PnP version). The way it works is that when casting a magical spell, the character casting it recieves damage relative to how powerful the spell is. I want to show little bits of the caster being kind of sucked out/off of him and flowing into the spell (flamethrower, it looks how it sounds) and I don't really know how I should show that, technically. I'm looking for both Painter X tutorials (possibly showing how to create little bits of flesh flying off of a character, or anything else that might work for this assignment) or visual reference for what this might look like.. I have a few ideas for what it might look like, I'm open to new ideas, but I have no idea how to technically display any of them.