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    Default Stormtrooper Sketch

    This art forum has been pretty quiet of late so I thought I'd contribute in some way, and post a picture.

    I've been meaning to get into digital illustration for a while now but lacked the motivation and self-confidence to actually get cracking so here's my first attempt, a picture of the always cool Stormtrooper, a personal fave from my childhood and the outfit of which I would still love to have now .

    This is my initial sketch which I'm intending to build up into some sort of digital painting and possibly get printed on a canvas or something. If anyone is interested, I'll continue to post my progress (as long as I don't balls it up that is) and would like to hear any feedback.

    Stage 1: Sketch
    Last edited by beetroot bertie; June 16th, 2009 at 17:57.

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    Wow, now that looks very good, great work and keep it up!

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    nice, i love anything star warsy

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    Even Phantom Menace?

    Here's my next stage. After choosing a few tones and considering the lighting this is my first colour pass to establish these areas.
    For anyone curious, at this stage I'm roughing in the tones with a hard round brush in photoshop. I'm using an aging G4 iMac with a small A6 Graphire 2 tablet by Wacom so I can apply my strokes more freely.

    Stage 2: First rough colour tones
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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I hope someone might find these steps useful or at least make them want to have a go themselves. It would be nice to see more of peoples' artwork on these forums.

    Here's my 3rd stage. I've worked on the darker areas first as a part of a second pass. No reason why, probably because there was less area to do at the time and I was feeling lazy.

    My initial strokes on my first pass were very quick and free so I'm tightening it up a bit now. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing at this stage but I'm gonna carry on and see how it turns out. I don't want it to look too airbrushed (I want some strokes to be visible) which is why I'm solely using hard round brushes.



    For those interested here's my initial reference pose I cobbled together, made from photos of a bobble head Stormtrooper figure, a shot of me holding a dreamcast light gun, a body figure from my childhood toys (one of the very few Star Wars figures I kept unfortunately) and a 3D render of the blaster taken from a model I found on the web. Having this made the sketch a lot easier, essentially more of a tracing.


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    My next stage, I've just added detail and shading to the blaster at this point.


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    Hmm, that's looking better and better each time, keep the updates coming!

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    Thanks Shrygue, here's my 5th stage.

    I've tightened up my virtual paint strokes this time and given the whole white armour and helmet a good repaint to neaten it all up. For anyone curious, I'm still using photoshop's standard hard round brushes, nothing fancy. I'm varying the opacity of the strokes depending on if I want a hard edge or a more layed effect by using a brush at say 20% opacity and building strokes up on top of each other. Most strokes have probably been done with either a 20 or 50% opacity with some smoothing out between shades with a 10% setting.

    I've also added extra details like dimpled grip marks on the blaster handle and a few extras to the helmet like the blue stripes and grilles for the microphone tip areas. These aren't particularly apparent here due to the size of the image though.

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    No way. . .

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