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RPD Example Profile: EvanCharacter Name: Evan MacFarlandRPD Example Profile: Evan by CharacterCollection
Appearance: He has dark brown hair, with the slightest tint of red in it. Usually its cut shorter in a messy, spiked look. His eyes are a vibrant blue. He has a strong jaw and a nice nose. His body is nicely toned but some might see him as a little lanky. He's relatively tall at 5'11. His general sense of style is casual/comfy, though he cleans up well, when he tries. He has a knack for having at least a five o'clock shadow.
History: No matter what world I play Evan in, he is always your average guy. He grew up in a normal family, with normal parents. He went to school, had a younger sister, got good grades. There was nothing spectacular about his life really. He had an average amount of friends, certainly not one of the popular kids, but not an outcast either. In high school, he lost a few friends who moved to one of those extremes, and kept very few people close to him. He fell into coffee senior year, it kept him awake
Speedpaint Tip #3: Custom BrushesMuch of speedpainting is about attempting to create a convincing image, even though (often) the subject matter is entirely invented by the artist. Primarily this is done through the use of convincing lighting, atmosphere, forms, and perspective...but texture also plays a role. This is where custom brushes come in handy.Speedpaint Tip #3: Custom Brushes by DA-Speedpaint
When you're painting a scene in a limited amount of time, you can't waste what time you have detailing every texture in the image. Instead, you can use custom/texture brushes strategically to imply these textures while allowing you to focus on detailing the most important aspects of the image. When the viewer sees your painting, the hope is that the textures will tell them enough about the nature of a surface or of objects that they accept it as "natural" while you call their attention to the intended focal points. Texture itself should generally not be the focus. It should support the rest of the image.
There are two primary ways of grouping texture brushes:
Speedpaint Tip #1: VisualizeSpeed painting is of course communicating an idea within a short (often VERY short) time frame. Strictly speaking, the timer starts when you put your pen to your tablet and start painting, but really the painting itself begins before that. So...Speedpaint Tip #1: Visualize by DA-Speedpaint
Tip #1: Before you start painting, sit down and consider just what it is you intend to paint first!
-What's the idea you want to communicate?
-What elements will most clearly help to convey that idea?
-What will your focal point be?
-What colors and lighting will convey this?
-How does my composition help to convey this idea?
-What will textures (or lack of textures) tell about this idea?
If you take the time to think through these things before you ever start painting, you'll likely save yourself a lot of time when you DO paint. You won't have to fret so much over the elements in the image, as you've already figured most of that out ahead of time.