|Hi there, my name is Yang Xueguo. I created this furnace-like 'Tower of Evil' image in a little over five days. I don't normally like the creations of shapes, but this became the direction of my painting, whether I liked it or not. In many ways I like it when creative art takes you in directions not predicted.|
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Firstly, I'd like to briefly introduce you to my professional brush set called 'Blur's Good Brush' which I used for 'Tower of Evil' and all my works. 'Blur's Good Brush 4.0' is a brush set for digital painting in Photoshop I created.
Using 'Blur's Good Brush', you can easily paint a large number of painting effects, such as for traditional painting, VFX, textures and others. Suited to those who are engaged in concept design, illustration, 2D/3D animation and 2D design.
Good brush set includes different common brushes in digital painting, in which the "good" series is the common-used brush.
Please pay attention to the notes attached to the brush names (e.g.: screen/color dodge/multiply).
The right set according to the note shows the best results.
The note of numbers (e.g.:90-99) shows the brushes are not brush tool
they are smudge tool ,
specifically used to mix colors and causes special effect of paint, and the number means the best scope of brushes' strength. All kind of brushes’ set must follow this.
The Stylize Brush set includes different Special brushes in digital painting, which can help you to paint abstract style or special effects works.
It is also suitable for those who to personalize their brushes into styles that leave a unique mark.
The Oil brush set includes various oil effects, helping you to simulate traditional styles, such as oil painting, gouache, acrylic painting, etc. In the Good Brushes pack, please pay attention to the notes attached to the brush names (e.g.:90-99F).
When using these blended Oil brushes, you must check the option and then paint with real color mixed effect.
The Finger painting] option must be canceled when you use other blender tools.
FX brush set includes different effect brushes, such as smoke, fog, cloud, fire, glow, snow, rain, magic, etc. which you can use to adjust and improve your works or paint effect maps for your piece.
The Shape brush set includes different nature shape brushes, such like plant, rock, hair, fur, tube, etc., which help you to paint natural elements or structures.
The Texture brush set can generate a large number of texture effects, such as rust, concrete, skin, splash, noise, etc., which help you to add texture effect to your works and integration to an animation workflow.
Now, let’s begin my 'Tower of Evil' image tutorial. At the beginning, start the concept. I usually like to use the ordinary things to begin, such as the daily necessities, transport, devices, plant and so on.
I think when you turn some normal things into another way to show them, that can bring more fun.
For this image, I combine a tree, a bell, a tombstone and skull together. This expresses an incredible scene and contains some metaphors of evil.
Using "Good-Brush 5-7" to draw some simple strokes with the ideas in your minds, the most important thing is to decide on the layout and basic color values, keeping some empty spaces. Usually the ideas are not always done well at first.
Using the fill color tool to fill a layer of red color in Multiply mode. A simple rule would be not to paint with single brushes, so we can get a unified color tone.
Then use small strokes to add the light and dark areas. During this phase we need to differentiate the front view and background.
I used to choose “Good Brush-5” to paint main colors and contrast. ”Good Brush-5” can easily paint the blocky strokes, which is very helpful to build details.
Don’t forget to add some cool color to the basic warm color. We can keep the unified color tone but make it rich in variation.
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