Hello everyone, today I would like to share my process in creating a digital painting of Aragorn from Lord of the Rings charging into battle. This piece was done over several hours on GIMP using a wacom graphics tablet and there is a timelapse video at the end of the whole process.
I create the background using a few of the general colours from the original image.
I then create the overall gesture of him and the horse. I am not too worried about the accuracy at this point just creating the general form.
This step required greater accuracy. On a new layer I lowered the opacity of the previous sketch and started a line drawing with some block colours.
Using a new layer I create the black and white tones for the piece. I will then set this to multiply so that the colours beneath will become darker depending on how dark they are in this one.
This step involved adding more tones to the colours and an overlay layer for where the light would hit.
Combining all the layers produced this result. I am almost finished however, there are some small things I want to fix such as the face and the background before I finish.
I pay extra attention in the accuracy and colours in the face before I finish as this is the main focal point of the piece. I also add in the background soldiers with a lower opacity. This came from the original photo as it was less important for the overall piece but provided context.
Below is a timelapse with some Lord of the Rings music added to the background. Enjoy :)