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Lulu and Morrigan

I really love the squeaky clean art direction found in Blizzard and Riot games, wanted to try something in that vein. Process included. :)

Stef tastan lulu morri fin small

The final piece. :)

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First draft. Discarded because the workflow was a total mess. Started over from scratch, as seen in the following pic.

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Sat my ass down and patiently worked on some lineart.

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Blocking the shapes in. Each character is in its own layer group.

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Blocking in the base colors, trying to see how it would work out.

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Begin AO passes!

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AO

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MOAR AO

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MOAR AO

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Adding some rim lights.

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Remember that color block step? I set everything to multiply (as evidenced with Morrigan). ....Looking good so far, but gotta keep going!

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Did the exact same thing with Lulu, plus began adjusting colors to match the characters better.

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Began that refining process by switching the shadows to a purpley shade. At this point I need to start focusing on the background, too.

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That red flame wasn't doing it for me, switching the magic spells to blue seems to improve the overall pic a little

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Added some clouds in because of some League of Legends splash art I was looking at at the time. From this point forth the background will remain blue, makes the characters pop even more.

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Modifying the colors in the piece. Cooling things off a bit.

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Added a bunch of highlights in. Look at how everything pops!

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Adding cool wispy things to replace those horrible doodles I had as stand-ins

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More refining and cool blue rimlights.

Stef tastan 19 refining5

Doing the same thing with Lulu... modifying tones and addin in detail.

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Last steps

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Added wispy things! And changed the saturation in their skin a bit to make them stand out against all that blue. Hope you liked. :)