This little guy has been receiving tons of attention on Instagram lately. My jaw dropped when I saw how many has appreciated it already, holy cow. I can’t thank you enough! It’s such a love-hate relationship though, since I’m a hopeless like- addict who tries to recover. Guess I’m gonna have to keep my phone locked away somewhere again during the day so I won’t keep checking it all the time… And those of you who know me can stop rolling your eyes now! Foxes are my guilty pleasure, hohohoho.
As requested on insta by Annamari Kuvaja, here’s a little thought process of the little foxie I made the other day. It’s a rather simple approach, I didn’t really use any light or shadow passes this time, just winged it. I can cover that in another post later on. Now back to the snowy fox:
Step 1: The early rough sketch
The idea stage. Sometimes I create several sketches before settling with a pose or composition I like. I already had this idea of a cozy fox in a snowy landscape so I tried to scribble down the… Uhm.. Essence of it? Just go wild!
Step 2: Refine the sketch a bit
Ooooh I love this part. Put on your earphones, find a nice playlist on Spotify and make sweet love to that drawing(wait what?) No, but really. Lower the opacity on your rough layer in Photoshop and add a new one on top. Start refining the sketch. Make as many versions as you want, no pressure! Sometimes it’s enough with that one layer on top, sometimes you want to lower the opacity on that one to and do some more sketching on top of that. I sometimes go back and forth, copy-paste parts of the sketch to another one and so forth. The end result is what matters ◠◡◠
Step 3: Block in all the colors
On to the easiest part of the process, I think. Haha. You create new layers. Separate ones for those parts you want to keep separated, it’s quite individual how one want to organize that. I had one layer for the fox and one layer for the white snow in the foreground. Oh, and then I had a layer for the details, like parts of his mouth and nose! To keep the edges nice and crisp. Block in the shapes with flat colors, then lock transparency and add the desired color scheme.
Step 4: Paint, paint paint and finish!
Here’s another fun part. Now you’re all set to go nuts! Start painting. Think volume, anatomy, lighting(a very soft light in this case)clean shapes. It’s easy to lose those on the way if you focus too much on the brush strokes, so try to stick to what’s relevant.
Yeah that’s pretty much it! I ended up liking the sketch much more after all. In Step 2. Oh well! This was painted in Photoshop by the way, using a CIntiq 13HD. I often get that question ◠◡◠