Painting Process: Cyberpunk Painting 028

Another process blog post. As always, these pieces are painted in Photoshop, RGB, 12'x18", 300dpi.

This one started from going through my first photoshoot with Erin and discovering one shot toward the end of our set that was a bit different from most of what we've done, something where she wasn't looking quite as pro-active. I thought it would be interesting to play with one where it looked more like she was reacting to something behind her. It also reminded me of a shoot I had done with Kelsie, taken in almost the same spot, in fact, where she was looking much more aggressive. The two photos lined up very well, and I came up with this rough composition.

The background, however, lacked depth and interest, so I developed it further. I decided that a shot of Jamie in a more heroic pose would make a great set-up for a giant statue in the background, so I also developed a cityscape behind her to further set the scene. The cramped interior shot has turned into a sinister rooftop scene.

Basic metal layers created for Erin.

Hair dropped in and metal layers created for Kelsie.

Stairwell and railings built.

Very simple layers for Jamie constructed.

Cityscape layers created.

Sky painted. All skies are hand-painted by me, mostly with custom brushes of my own creation as well.

Cityscape and fog painted in.

Statue of Jamie and additional fog painted in.

Stairs painted. I'm already separating the cool background from the warm foreground.

Some painting on Kelsie begun, but more touch-ups on Jamie done.

Kelsie painted.

Additional atmospheric effects and further touch-ups on Jamie added in. Relatively easy to do with everything remaining on separate layers.

Hair and wings painted on Erin.

Erin painted, then metal effects and lighting added in. 

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