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Making Of 'Sniper'

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When I set out to create this image I wanted to represent an elite soldier (a sniper) that was operating in a desert-like area. What I had in mind was somewhere like Afghanistan or Iraq, but in the near future. The general idea was to paint a soldier wearing body armor, a baseball cap and big boots. I searched the internet for all kinds of images of soldiers with different weapons and uniforms, looking for references. I think that reference images are very important if you want to create a realistic image.

I normally use Corel Painter and Photoshop simultaneously. It's my belief that Corel Painter feels more like painting traditionally and I really like that. On the other hand, Photoshop is a wonderful tool that I use to transform the image, apply textures and correct colors. Both programs are complementary and by using them together I can work really quickly.

Fig.01 shows the brushes that I used in Painter:

  • Pens - Scratchboard tool: I use it all the time.
  • Chalk - Square Chalk: for the background and general volumes with textures.
  • Digital Watercolor - Broad Water brush: for the base color.
  • Airbrushes - Digital airbrush: for shadows and create atmosphere.
  • FX - Glow: for lights and atmosphere. The Glow tool is extremely powerful.

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Fig. 01

The Sketch

With the idea of the soldier in my head I started to work. The first thing to do was the general line work (head, feet, waist, arms, legs and shoulder lines). You can see my sketch in Fig.02.

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Fig. 02

Shoulders and waist lines are paramount, because they outline the position of both legs. After that, I started to dress the character.



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Glen D on Fri, 31 August 2012 12:13pm
Nice drawing. On his right knee pad the scratches don't match the angle of his knee pad. He is wearing too much gear for a sniper. His brown t-shirt around his neck has an odd angle compared to his body position. Gear in front looks great but if he is a sniper the blue light is a big target indicator. Think stealthy. Good luck.
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