Making of — Seekers — Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker

    I’ve been rereading IDW’s Transformers comics, and I came to the realisation that All Hail Megatron is the last story in which Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker were actually on the same side, fighting together. For some reason this realisation inspired this painting; a ‘one last group shot’ of the three, before the takeover of New York starts.

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    When I recorded my process for creating these ‘crispy’ style illustrations previously of Celegrom and Huan, I showed a certain way of texturing, using seamless patterns. At the time I also mentioned that there’s another way of texturing, by using images, rather than patterns. I’ve been asked on numerous occasions, if I could create another video showing texturing done with images.

    Knowing that this painting will require a lot of texturing in the environment, and knowing that this would all involve images, rather than tiling patterns, I’ve decided to record the whole process of this piece, from sketch to final stroke.

    I created a total of 5 videos.

    The first one, is a short ‘summary’ video showing snippets of every stage in the span of less than 3 minutes. You can watch the summary video here:

    The other 4 videos are more in-depth and show each stage from start to finish, though all of the videos are timelapse and none are longer than 7 minutes.

    The first of these videos is about creating a clean sketch from a rough draft in Manga Studio 5:

    The second shows the creation of a basic background and the painting of base colour for the characters in Photoshop:

    The third illustrates the shading process I use in these crispy style paintings:

    And finally, the fourth video shows the texturing process of the environment using various images:

    Sadly, in this last one I made a recording mistake. I thought I had activated OBS to record the screen when in fact I didn’t, so the process of painting Ravage is sadly missing, however the creation process for him was exactly the same as with everything else in this painting.

    I hope these videos answered the questions some had about texturing using images.

    If you have any other questions or requests, please don’t hesitate to ask here or email me.

 

 

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