Valentine Process

Hey, Happy Valentine Day everybody. I was going to upload this process and just realized that it's quite a right timing for romantic picture... 

One more process.

Some people ask if I use sketchup or anything for the interior, but no, this one was made with just traditional perspective tool: a ruler. Here I used an approach where I do tonal sketch and color sketch first, then render color and put over a tonal layer with multiply mode. Then an overlay mode with some mood colors and one layer for light and effects.

All the layers are below:

1. line sketch 2. tonal sketch 3. color sketch 4. color rendering 5. shadow 6. overlay 7-8. sfx

Character Design Cult

I am currently working on my MFA research on how to create cult character designs, that would be adored and fetishized by the audience. There is not so much written knowledge on that topic, so I decided to contact professors from other departments and ask them weird question, like: "I know, you are Fashion and Luxury Marketing professor, but by any chance don't you know how to create a cult character?" That was awkward and funny, especially since I am not a native English speaker. 

The results were absolutely amazing. People from Advertising, Marketing, Fashion, Jewelry, Game Design and many other fields expressed their interest and started to share their ideas. 

Just thinking about it makes me wonder, isn't all Design just about creating symbols? The short answer on my question "How to create a cult character" is:

Create a symbol of a cult character. Make that symbol to be your character.

For the longer and very practical explanation, please, wait for my research to be finished.

My Illustration of May Holidays for the Marketing Department of "RIO", the largest chain of shopping malls in Russia.

"Fifty shades of Pink", Expression sheet of Rose.

Flower Character Designs, by Steph Dvoyak

Best wishes,

Russian Steph

9 Steps To Improve Amateur Coloring

I made this illustration during my "30 days color challenge" and specifically with this one I wanted to demonstrate some simple methods to make your colors look better. This method works to fix most of the problems with amateur color choices. Starting with random colors I unified them with desaturation and overlay\multiply\color dodge modes for different colors on top. 

In ideal world, artists start their work with just two colors: one color for the shadow, one for the light and maybe a subtle gradient for the mood. Then they add more colors very carefully, to create unified and balanced look. I basically repeat the same traditional approach with two mono-colors underpainting, but backwards, unifying the palette with overlays of solid colors on top. All of it is just about one thing: unity. 


9 Steps To Improve Your Coloring!

1) Use random colors

2) DESATURATE THEM (makes your colors look 20% more realistic and professional, right?)

3) Choose one shadow color to unify the picture

4) Use Multiply or Overlay mode for your shadows layer

5) Do the same for the light: choose one light color

6) Use Overlay or Color Dodge mode with 20% transparency for the light layer 

7) Create a Gradient with colors that you think fit the mood

8) Make an Overlay out of the Gradient to unify the colors on the picture

9) Add some highlights, dust, smoke or reflections and it's done.


There are some other methods, like limited color palette, references, working with two colors etc. I will write about them next time, while you can try this method to fix some of the most common problems.