Ice beast, ice warrior, guardian. These were some of the descriptors bouncing around in my head when I started doing some concepts for this enemy. Initial sketches landed pretty much where I expected
After loosely defining what I had in mind I jumped into drawing. This is done on 11×17 bristol
My main shapes are established here and I have a pretty good idea of the direction I am heading. I switch over to my fancy mechanical pencil and get down to the real drawing
So now it is scanned into the computer and I’ve cleaned it up a little; mostly just levels and erasing a few stray lines. I’ve had a good idea for the color scheme since the beginning so I lay in some flat midtones.
Cool blues turned out to be a good base. I laid those in and colorized some of my lines as well. From here it was down to rendering the final!
I worked into my blues with white highlights quite a lot and then added a bunch of cool icy smoke. Pretty happy with the way this guy turned out! I also did a quick color overlay as well to make a variant.
I’ve also recorded a video of some of my render process, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg-RAJRFcDw
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