From the Arctic to America, artist Leonid Tishkov has travelled the world with his illuminated crescent-shaped moon, bringing a sense of lyricism, and sometimes whimsy, to the places he lands.
DOTA 2 - Character Art Guide
Full PDF HERE.
Man, this is exactly the kind of stuff I’m talking about when I mention value range! The Witch Doctor before and after page is a really good example of the importance of starting with a dark value and working up. The “before” is a pretty common result of working light to dark, or starting with a value that is too close to the middle of the value range. Everything looks kind of washed out, even when working with saturated colors, and lacks volume.
This is an amazing reference overall, gonna pour over the full PDF when I have a minute.
oooh this is really helpful!! i think i’ll make some minor coloring changes according to this, i think it’ll help a lot
This is a great resource; we took a long hard look at this before we developed our 3D art style at work. Very smart, very well laid out. A really crucial resource to anyone who needs to worry about readability at a distance.
first vis dev project of the semester done!!
we had to design an environment and character based on the original legend of El Dorado which was based on the initiation ceremony one of the rulers of the Muisca people called the Zipa. the Zipa would be painted in gold dust and dive into lake Guatavita [near present-day Bogota, Columbia], and then toss gold into the lake as an offering to their gods. one of the stories about the Zipa involved a serpent god of the lake and i took it and ran.
basically my Zipa is a bad guy who wants to make a deal with the serpent god for power in exchange for gold [i’m thinking my serpent is kinda like Smaug lol]. the fine print is that the Zipa is basically possessed by the god and turns into a monster. yay!
this was a super fun experience tho just because we had so much /freedom/ in terms of style and story and seeing this all compiled together is really neat to see how far the designs had come from their initial ideations, especially with the character. so much work for one character i never gave a name to haha.
A coolio fuck-ton of female arm angle references.
Credit goes to melsrefs (on tumblr). You should flood Mel’s inbox with fanmail so s/he’ll make more of these epic references.
Flintlock Pistol and Sword
- Dated: probably 18th century
- Culture: European