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Mechanika, Revised and Updated by Doug Chiang

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Painting in Layers

Desert Fighting Machine

It’s not just scenes that can evolve as you paint. In this demo, you’ll see how even complex fighting machines can evolve from only a vague concept and a very simple background, through multiple layers in Photoshop.

Tools

Computer with Adobe Photoshop

STEP 1: Setting the Background and Palette

Quickly rough in a simple ground plane with some cloud shapes. Make the color palette warm to suggest a desert.

STEP 2: Rough Sketching

Refine the background a little more. Then loosely sketch a robot form on a ...

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