Tree Creature

We were assigned to make a creature inspired from plant life, mainly trees. After researching some of my favorite trees I found the Bonsai tree to be quite strong in terms of character and based my creature off this. After sketching in the shapes and playing with the features slightly, I added the base colour for the tree. Then added a leaf texture.

Sadly I had no time to finish it in session, this is what I had at the end of the session:

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After the session ~I spent some time adding layers to give the bark more definition as well as draw the leaves and add a texture rather than just using found textures.  I found the leaves quite hard to draw as I did not want to draw each one individually. I found drawing a large shape and then adding the textures quite effective. But I was rather rushed for time with this work. I would have approached it differently and spent more time actually digitally painting the work rather than this approach given the chance to redo it.

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Lava Creature.

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This is a Lava based creature I designed after we had a session studying molten rock and lava. Although it was advised to draw the rock first I took the opposite approach as I knew it would work better for me. I started by making a creature silhouette with orange, adding a red and yellow glow to it and drawing in the rocks on the surface. This worked well as I gave the creature a strong form and balance before getting into the details. Using a slightly opaque brush also gave the rocks a more layered and rough look to them.

 

I added a lava texture as well as a rocky texture, both on overlay layers to make the materials look more raw. This gave the image the effect i was looking for.

 

 

After speaking to my tutors, i changed the texture of the background slightly to make the character stand out more.

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