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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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!


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.