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In our previous chapters we created the character design of an orc and a sleigh as a prop. This time we want to do some adjustments to the orc so he looks more fitting for our Christmas topic, and then add a color pass to both of our concepts. In order to make our presentation a bit more interesting we will add an occlusion shadow pass and a few textures.
Our final Christmas illustration
Refining the concept of our character
Before we do anything else, we go back and take a look at our character. His clothes fit our winter theme but it is still not Christmassy. We remove the spikes, and replace them with some holly. See how I’ve also added some balls for Christmas where you would normally find some skulls. I do another quick value pass just as we did on the sleigh. I create distinct groups of values.
I spend a little time adding some Christmas details before I add values.
Creating our composition
Usually when I work on a project I create a template for my concepts in order to be consistent in the presentation of my work. This will include not only the work, but also any descriptive notes and the title of my project. This time it’s easier, as I have been working on this concept for myself and you.
Arrange the drawings in an orderly fashion on your canvas.
When adding colors I try to stick to the values I chose in the previous steps. To get an elegant outcome, I also restrict my color palette. Red is the most important color at Christmas, so I make it my dominant color and make it vibrant. The green is a little less saturated. This ways the two very opposite colors don‘t compete for attention. All other hues are in between my three colors, after choosing an orange that is less saturated.
A limited color palette will deliver an elegant result.
Once I‘m happy with the colors I use a couple of textures in order to get a bit more of an organic feel to my illustration. You will find these textures in the accompanied PSD. If you want to use your own texture in Photoshop, use the auto contrast function to get a medium gray as the average color. That‘s useful because now you can turn the texture to about 7% opacity and overlay and have the most impact without changing the overall brightness and contrast of your illustration. I also added a stroke-effect and a shadow to make the concept look like a sticker.
Textures give the illustration a more organic look.
Occlusion and final adjustments
As I kept working on my illustration I noticed that the background color having a strange and hazy quality. I changed it to a slightly cooler shade. Once I had finished everything else, I took the time to add one final occlusion. I used the hard round paintbrush and painted in small strokes in order to create the right amount of texture to blend with the texture added in the previous stage.
Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone!
You can create an entire rendering of your concept, but sometimes just a nice occlusion is enough to sell it.
Check out Gregor Kari‘s previous 3dtotal tutorials:
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