Quick demo of Dark Angel concept sketch

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This shows the initial rough concept sketch- scribbles leading to some form of a figure. Then moves to a refined drawing and some tonal overlay. I think its always interesting to look back on where an artist's mind is when the idea hits, and since I saved this rough file before starting on the final color, I thought it migh help answer some of the digital questions I have been getting on drawing out ideas before I do a painting or digitall piece. I like sharing information, so if you have technical questions, just write and let me know and I will try to answer if I can.

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Rough scribble for an idea using a thin line and digital tablet
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Refined drawing, around 5 minutes, using a new layer over the rough

Above- the refined drawing is on a new layer with a 50% white mask layer in between so I have a faint guide of the rough beneath and can clearly see my new line as I clean it up here and there and refine the idea. This sort of drawing I just make up, but for the final, I did shoot a model and try and get as close to the sketch as I could. Of course, the wings and most of the costume were just made up in the final anyway, but its always good to see how light falls on the figure. I always push the model's form as well, trying to idealize it a bit as I paint. 

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Middle tones added on new layer using multiply
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Darker textural tone added quickly on a new layer
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Final rough showing enough light effect to get me to the color stage
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Closer, showing the loose line, which is all thats really needed

At this point, I am ready for a model, and the final rendering, below, is a hybrid of the reference shots and, hopefully, enough of my original sketch to keep some of the vitality of the initial concept. 

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Final color rendering, note brushwork to keep the work interesting
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Final color rendering

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