What do you get when you combine digital painting, CG assets and stock photography techniques? Join our ‘Cover Jedi’ Christian Bentulan in this speed art as he creates an Urban Fantasy cover and you’ll find out.
For the 3D elements and this cover, Christian uses models exported from DAZ3D. Bringing them into Photoshop and refining them. One of the great features about using 3D assets is their ability to be brought in on a PNG which saves in the time of masking it yourself. Another, and possibly the best reason to use 3D models is the ability to have them posed however you want, from whichever angle you want, Which is else wise impossible unless you're making your own stock photography.
Loading up reference images Christian sets to work showing where the magic really happens. The majority of Christians work is done by overpainting, everything from facial features to makeup and especially the hair. All done with a basic brush. Adding multiple layers, varying blend modes gives the hair added volume and POP. You will notice quite frequently that he also flip the canvas, making any mistakes and imperfections easier to catch. Painting in lighting and Shadows without knowing the light sources question mark that's how much of a magician Christian is.
Bringing in multiple background images allows him to continue the duality of the piece, It also gives us the light and Colour sources that we have been missing in the previous that. Adding down some more colours over the model to blend her into the scene, He'll also paint in some extra lighting coming from behind to push his model forward. Working smarter not harder here, Christan imports a couple of digit asset magical effects, for those swords and the split down the middle. A little extra lighting and colour corrections and we're done. So, what do you get when you combine digital painting, CG assets and stock photography techniques. This masterpiece of a cover, and a look into the work process of a great artist.