Hello and welcome to this quick tip on how to apply materials in your concept piece.
In this tip Tim Von Rueden takes you through his process on taking a photo of a material and incorporating that into his concept work.
I am currently working on a concept cookie original piece in which I will update periodically seeking tips, ideas, and critique from the community to help create a great concept art piece. For this one, I am focusing on using a lot of material and fabric on top of a dynamic pose to not only push me out of a few of my comfort zones but to create a mood and flow to the piece.
While I was working on the upper torso and into the arms, I realized I could take this opportunity to show how I could take my own photo reference and integrate it into this concept piece. It can be easy to rely on using custom brushes, textures, and materials in your piece but I urge you to use them sparingly and especially if you normally don’t work with fabric or material, to study it and practice drawing them.
* Do not use others work into your own. This means that you should not take a material image off of google and use it in your piece, to save you from possibly getting into trouble, take your own pictures! You learn more that way as well.
For her arms I imagined a satiny type material that would give off a sheen down the center, so I went and found this gold satin material and wrapped it around my leg to give the same cylindrical shape as her arms. I also placed the lighting directly in front to create a shine that would follow down the center. I included the photo in the source files as well for your using if you so desire.
After placing the photo into Photoshop I changed the layer’s blend mode to Luminosity. If you would like to learn more about the different blend modes, Adobe has a great little description for each on their site HERE.
Included with the source materials are the HD video version, the photo reference, the jpeg of the concept image, and the banner.