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Making Of 'Eagle Talons'

By Aekkarat Sumutchaya
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Date Added: 11th February 2013
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To add texture to the painting I used photo textures which I warped to fit the designated areas. Once I had added the textures I set the layer to Multiply mode and deleted the unwanted areas (Fig.04).

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Fig.04

Once I was happy with the base of the painting I started to focus more on specific areas. This included making sure that the lighting looked believable on the characters arm and talons. To do this I added bright highlights to the claws to make them look like a reflective material. I also added more dust and smoke to make the character look incorporated into the environment (Fig.05).

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Fig.05

Adjustments

Once I was happy with the painting it was time to manipulate the image using Curves adjustments and the Layer Exposure function. To use these in specific areas I used Layer masks (Fig.06).

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Fig.06


When the layer adjustments were complete I merged all of the layers into a single layer so I could apply Smart Sharpen to enhance the appearance of the brushstrokes.

I then duplicated the layer and added noise to the darker areas to create small imperfection to make sure the shaded areas didn’t look too much like solid color. To select the dark areas I used Mask > Properties > Color Range > Select > Shadow (Fig.07).

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Fig.07

The final step was to add a Lens Correction to make the scene look a little wider and to do some minor Color Adjustments to give the colors and lighting a slightly more realistic look (Fig.08 â€" 09).

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Fig.08

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Fig.09

I hope this is helpful and explains how this image was created. I always find that having a clear concept and idea from the beginning of the painting makes you more productive and this was the case with this image.

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Related links

To see more by Aekkarat Sumutchaya, check out Sketching from the Imagination: An Insight into Creative Drawing


 
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