Battler Art – Leaper

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Before starting on our one for today, I’d like to say hi to all of the IGMC competitors out there! Do you want to use these biweekly battlers in your games? Well you can. Make sure to check out the step by steps for the whole line.

I apparently had a really good idea for kind of what I wanted this to look like before I even sat down, because I literally sat down with a large piece of watercolor paper and just started sketching.  After a little while, I had my drawing.


I also drew a quick character on the left, which is one of my own characters, because I wanted to try out these wash pencils and ink, which is what all the shading you see is from.  Once  I got to here though, I wanted to see how it looked in photoshop.


Some additional tones.  I flooded the image with a mid gray, then toned each element, then went ahead with some shading.


Here are my initial colors, which are made up of mostly overlays and hard light layers.  After those were in place I got to painting on an opaque normal layer.


and here are the results!  I really like those wash pencils and ink washes!  After I got this all done, I also plan on giving some oils over it a shot.

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About the author: Michael is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Illustrator and concept artist. He specializes in monsters, characters, weapons, armor, and epic environments.

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  • Zach Jones

    Nice stuff. I’m stealing one for a place holder. 😀