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Making Of 'Eagle Talons'

By Aekkarat Sumutchaya
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Date Added: 11th February 2013
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Introduction

Sawasdee (Hello in Thai). My name is Akekarat Sumachaya and I am the co-founder of ANIMANIA and currently work there as an Art Director. ANIMANIA is an animation studio located in Bangkok, Thailand. My inspiration for this image came from an image of an eagle standing calmly on top of a tree watching for prey. Their long talons can inflict serious wounds to intruders.

Painting

To begin the painting I created a new canvas in Photoshop which was 21inches by 8 inches in size at 300dpi. I started by roughly drawing the character I had in mind on the canvas. I decided to draw the character from the side to create a wide composition. I then filled the background with some base colors to try to give the impression that the character was standing in the wind. I used a golden color in the background so that the foreground would contrast with the main character (Fig.01).

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Fig.01


The final goal of this step is to obtain good line art ready for the painting to begin. I focused on defining the shape of the character, using the bright background color to generate a strong silhouette. To add the overall atmosphere I used an orange/yellow airbrush on a layer set to Overlay.

It is important that you experiment with brushes at this early stage to generate the results that you want to see in your final image. This will save you time later on and will mean that you won’t find a brush better suited to a job halfway through the painting (Fig.02 - 03).

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Fig. 02

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Fig.03



 
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