Happy about how the test turned out, I concentrated all my energy at the very last point in the painting process: the DETAILS. It’s the last step, but to shape out all the fancy little details takes the most time. I always start at the main focal points, when I’m still motivated and full of energy. I moved from one part of the picture to the next and just tried to improve things, step by step. For the porcelain I studied my references at first to learn how it interacts with light and shadow. Maybe you’ll notice the soft orange glow over the table, the cups and the can. I used a layer set to Color Dodge to create it and also to do some of the highlights at the orcs' faces for example. Again, I only used round standard brushes for this final step.
During the finish it is time to mobilize all the creative energy left once again to push the picture to it's full potential. For sure you can’t save a really bad painting if you add ribbons, petals, flowers, scratches, scars, tattoos and I don’t know what else. But these little things can help to make a good painting into a gorgeous one.
The orcs and their toys looked like I had them in mind at this point, but they seemed very lonely. My vision of this painting has been filled with life and colors, so I decided to scale the resolution of the scene down for a faster workflow (never forget to save your hi-res version at this point!).
First I decreased the size of the toys and the table so the orks looked much more impressive. Then I began to block in big shapes of colors around and on the table. I sketched out some creatures around them, always keeping their values dark to focus on the protagonists in the spotlight. Everything that brings the scenery to life is good; from cookies over flowers to kittens.
To make the radial composition complete I needed something in the upper right corner, like the placeholder in the form of the ork's hand.
My name is Mathias Kollros and I am from Austria. Drawing and painting is my passion since I’m big enough to hold a pencil. I am currently studying Fine Arts at a university here in my home country, and I work as freelance artist. I’ve done nearly everything an illustrator can do. The spectrum of work reaches from cartoons, comics, card and book illustrations. From mascots over to more technical illustrations up to the complete design and painting for music videos of local bands or promotional videos. Lots of fun and very cool way to make a living.
I won a Master Award at the CGChallenge XXI "Strange Behavior" in late 2007 and I was in the jury for this years "Uplift" competition. Both were awesome experiences and a big honor to be part of it. Bringing it all into focus was the Master Award in the Humorous category of EXPOSE 6.
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