作者: Roy Stein, London （伦敦）
Making of The Royal Assassin
My name is Roy Stein, and I am a CG artist and Illustrator based in London. In this short tutorial I want to give you a short walkthrough of the way I build up an illustration from start to finish. This image was created over 3 sessions and took approximately 15 hours to finish.
First stage, a subject matter – My process is to come up with an idea, then a color/mood theme, and then look for references to get my creative juices flowing… I collect images from all over, shoot stuff myself if needed, and then start sketching. Because I have a Wacom Cintiq at home, I paint on one screen, and have my references on the second, which is really nice.
第一阶段，一个主题轮廓，我的流程是首先形成一个想法，然后是找到色彩主 题，再然后寻找相应的参考图片来得到我的创意源泉……我从所有的地方搜集图片，如果需要还自己拍摄照片，然后开始画草图，因为我家里有一个Wacom Cintiq（新帝）绘图显示器，所以我直接在屏幕上绘画，然后在第二台显示器上显示我的参考图片，这种状态真是非常舒服：）
I use a hard default brush in Photoshop, and start building up the form. This stage is the most important to me because it locks the composition, movement and character. The other steps are basically refining that sketch.
Second stage – Color Palette and Basic Shading – Here I chose a few colors that will help me dictate the overall color mood of the character. I was going for a very simple lighting scenario, almost like a diffused light box, that is located slightly to the characters left.
I wanted the character to have pinkish/peach overall color, which would create a very sweet feel. Created a new layer on top of the line art sketch, and with the same kind of brush went in with larger strokes and filled the main areas of light and shadow, using the color palette on the left. I kept a copy of the sketch with a 30% opacity on top of this new color layer to still give me the roadmap to where things are (you can obviously also do this with a multiply mode layer).
我希望角色的整体颜色为粉/桃色调，这可以创造出一种非常甜美的感觉。在线 稿层上面新建一个层，使用相同的笔刷，然后加大笔刷半径，填充阴影和高亮区域，使用左边的调色板，我在这个颜色层上面还保留了一层透明度为30%的线稿 层，来让我知道角色的大致结构和位置，（很明显你也可以使用一个multiply（加深）层叠模式来起到同样的效果。）
Next, I tweaked the contour of her face and hips with the liquify tool, to get a better flowing shape. This step was also mainly tweaking and adding colors, more refinement to the highlights and shadow areas, and smudging it all together to get a more unified result. Slowly adding details of the hair and the face, and trying to keep the balance of dark and light. I decided to keep a very strong outline, to give a more of an old poster art feel.
接着，我使用liquify tool（液化工具）调整了她脸部和臀部的轮廓，来获得更好的流线型曲线效果，这个步骤主要就是调整和添加颜色，对于阴影和高亮区域精益求精，然后把颜色 涂抹在一起或者更加统一的结果，慢慢地给脸部和头发添加细节，并试着保持明暗的平衡，我决定保留一个非常强的外轮廓，来赋予这幅作品一种旧时海报艺术的效 果。
I then shifted the entire piece value from pinkish to more of a dark peach color because now the new saturated pink hair color was getting too rich and distracting from the rest of the image.
Next step – the hair in the previous stage was still too distracting to my taste, so I decided that the more detail I add to it will might blend all those curls back in. So I added some feather ornaments to the hair, and painted in a new set of eyebrows and a fake mole.
Finally, created a simple background gradient, which complimented the color palette of the character and pushed it out a bit more. I still felt that the hair and character needed some more jewelry so I painted in some bows and bracelets, added a hint of her dress behind her because I felt it wasn’t clear she was holding a dress at all, and even a small parrot to make it a bit less serious, and that’s it… I hope you liked this short walkthrough, and hope it helped your process in some way. Happy Painting.
最终，创建一个简单的渐变背景，使用角色的调色板并且在此基础上稍微扩展一 点，使仍然觉得角色和头发需要更多的珠宝因此我在肘部和腕部画了一下手镯，并在背景上添加了她手里握着的裙子的暗示，不然完全无法清楚地表现她是握着一条 裙子，另外发簪上的一只小鹦鹉发饰来去掉一些严肃的感觉，就是这样……我希望你喜欢这个短小的流程教学，并在某些地方对你有所帮助，快乐地画吧。