Digital painting tutorial creature in the ancient ruins concept art

This tutorial show you how to paint a giant centipede creature in an ancient ruins environment concept art. And there are also a kid with her dog trying to take it down with sling shot for little humor.
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I spend about 30 minutes to finish up the speedpainting or composition and key frame. The speedpainting is basically a quick concept art to give you overall idea of composition, lighting and mood. Usually I will get one good one out of three to five speedpaints and spend more hours to polish it up like this one. I like the composition and the lighting in the original for this one so I picked it.

In this tutorial, I also use back lighting on the creature and a little over head from the left side of the screen. Back lighting means you will see the figures or object mostly in shadow. There can possibly be rim light along the edge of the subject. It mostly come from one side, but in this one it comes on both sides of the subject.

The main giant creature is most of its body lies within the shadow range though you can still see some detail in them.
Since we are going to see a massive area for background environment and the giant creatures in this one, I pay a lot of attention to them on how to get more detail on the ruins, statue, plants, and trees to look right. I also have to make sure it give proper sense of depth using value and edges.

I first painting the creature and the figure with just shapes and silhouettes. Shapes are really important in painting. If you can get these big bold shapes correct, you are more than half way done. As long as you shape contains realistic essence of the subject, it can look very realistic and dramatic lighting will help elevate your painting to another level without much effort.

Tips on speedpainting. Keep it simple first and make your image clear and easy to read or identify.
Things you should focus on primarily.
1) Shapes
2) Lighting and mood
3) Edges and depth of field.

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I used
-pencil HB-3b
-Canson/Utretch sketchbook
-Sketchbook Pro
-PHOTOSHOP CS5 or CS6
-Wacom Intuos5 Medium Pen Tablet

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