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How I Made: Light, Shadow and War

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How I Made, by Mark White
August 15, 2016

Learn how Nat Monney created this incredible image with brushes and colour control

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1. Black and white sketch

step-1

Focus on shapes to begin with. Doing this in monochrome allows for some good general values while drawing, which is harder to achieve with colours.

2. Colours

step-2

This can be a very complicated step, but it’s a good idea to decide on colours pretty early on as it will help to direct the tone of your image. Add colour and experiment, but don’t be afraid to do so quickly.

3. Composition

step-3

This can be a very complicated step, but it’s a good idea to decide on colours pretty early on as it will help to direct the tone of your image. Add colour and experiment, but don’t be afraid to do so quickly.

4. Details

step-4

This step took some time, as I tend to lose myself in detailing and refining everything in the picture. The key is to keep a constant level of detail throughout the whole image.

5. Cold shadows

step-5

I painted more saturated colours and increased the contrast in the background. Creating cold colours on the shadows breaks the monochromatic feel and adds variation.

6. Brightness and contrast

step-6

In this step, the background was too bright and had too much contrast, so I reworked the horizon and refined everything. The fog was added into the composition to help add mood.

7. Lighting effects

step-7

This step is about adding effective lighting effects, such as sun rays and light blurs. I darkened the left side because I wanted to force the attention onto the flag, where the biggest contrast stands.

8. Generate atmosphere

step-8

For the final step, I wanted to create a good ambient atmosphere, harmonised colours and a nice polished draw. I added some purples to get great variation and something more dramatic.