Battler art Step by Step – Envy

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I came up with what I wanted to draw while I was writing the description for the vote:

Envy – Shadows wreath this veiled demon, a black corpse shroud only pierced by the glaring green eyes behind it.  Her sinuous form rests atop a bulbous carapace lifted by eight arachnid legs; the blackest widow, ready to strike.

So, spider lady.  Sounded pretty badass, so after a couple sketches in my sketchbook I sat down to draw.

envy-drawprocess1

Here is a early look after I’d roughed out most of the forms and basically figured out where stuff was going to go.

envy-drawprocess2

Here is the final drawing after I’d gotten it into photoshop and cleaned it up a bit.

envy-tones

Trying to figure out surface materials, textures, and general light and dark on this tones pass.

envy-color

I’ve hidden my tones here and figured out the colors I want.  She is very cool, save for just a couple warm spots.  At first I wanted to do warm and cool, but the warms just weren’t feeling right, so I pulled them out and focused just on the cool colors.

envy_p1

Here I’ve merged my color adjusted tones with my initial colors to get a decent base to paint over.  I start working in some lights and darks into the colors.

envy_final

And here I’ve done my final pass of lights and colors, and added an effects layer.

You can check out a time-lapse of the digital painting here

And you can download the files, and vote in the poll here

Thanks for reading!

-Mike

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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  • Nirwanda

    Only after watching the step by step, did I notice she has a veil. It’s another layer of coolnes on it now that I know it’s there, but it’s really hard to see in the fully colored drawing.