I realize this is the LEAST most important aspect of this piece but, I wanted to ask what your process for doing that smoky-effect coming from them respectively is? (do you use photoshop? what tools? which order? etc, etc... if you have the time and energy to indulge my request I would greatly appreciate it.)
Anyway, I like everything about this, and I'm still reading up on these individual queens and I'm not sure if I'll find the time to do so anytime soon but, regardless these are all some very aesthetically appealing characters and a very dramatic series of effects applied to each of them. Honestly when I see these faces some words that come to mind are... sadistic, sensual, fearful, sexy, murderous, dark, threatening, benevolent and to be honest I'd be happy to commit myself to the servitude of one or all of these beautiful creatures. You really have quite the talent for drawing changelings, sir. I'm jelly. Kudos~
i use photoshop. a soft brush with low opacity for the initial shapes, bits of erasing and then some more painting on a second layer that's set to "overlay" or "soft light" above it to accentuate highlights and push it a little further from the background. thanks for the compliments
Awesome, I appreciate the hint. I don't suppose you'd be willing to do a step-by-step youtube video or something or show me on Skype or JoinMe or something? I understand if you don't want to for w/e-reason, it's fine. I'm sure I could try'n figure it out via trial'n error myself. I'm just curious about the "erase" step in your process, kinda wondering which directions or which shapes you go for while erasing, ya'know what I mean? Anyway, thanks again for the initial hint-response, I'm giving it a shot right now but, having a little trouble getting that nice smoke-effect you have. I'm getting more of a... naruto-chakra or "spirit" sort of effect rather than smoke. heh-heh
i'm afraid there's not much more to it. it's mostly trial and error for myself as well. the thing is to consider how smoke behaves (look at ref photos) depending on where it comes from. for these images i mostly thought of cigarette smoke coming from a cigarette end, which, when undisturbed, tends to run in single lines and kinda bunch up at the end. smoke isn't just clouds, it's sometimes like snakes winding around themselves, sometimes like big balls of cotton fluff, other times just little wisps escaping from one another. in some places it'll be denser than others. generally it's about "swirly" shapes. best thing to do is think about what kinda effect you wanna achieve and then find reference photos that are similar to what you want. smoke from an open fire behaves differently from smoke coming out of a small opening, f.ex. hell, just typing "smoke" into google image search already gives you plenty to work from.
Chrysalis looks kinda... crazed. Ambrosia is giving like a "I dare you to come closer" face, Myxine is more like a go away face, and Miasma is the last thing you see before you die! But great work, I think your work is brilliant and I wish I could art like you! Yes, I am using art as a verb, deal with it! Also, it perfectly fits my screen! Just noticed!