Growing an Icon, Part 2

by abbamoses

In this image, base colors have been applied, thinly enough to let the “cartoon” guidelines show through.

Traditional iconography is a dark-to-light process: most of these areas will be overlain with progressively lighter colors. The base color doesn’t automatically predict the final color — for example, St Seraphim’s cassock should end up white, though for now it’s a mass of orange in the lower part of the picture. His hair will be white too, though for now it’s been underpainted with the same base color as the skin.

As an experiment, I used some masking fluid on the hands when I painted the green background; working around those fingers can be pretty difficult. The masking fluid worked great, and I expect to use it again.

Next, I plan to detail to the garments.

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