Since this year had the first real snow we’ve had in a while, I knew that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a winter-themed illustration while the memory of what winter looks like is still fresh in my mind.
And here it is:
For the process, I started out by doing some drawings of the Krita and Huion mascots and logos, to figure out how to stylize them cohesively. Then I did some compositional sketches and started on the main illustration.
I used Krita’s perspective tool to plot out the buildings and ground the characters, did an underpainting for figuring out the background (I used the bristle engine a lot for this one. I think it’s most apparent in the sky), and then tightened things up with a simple smudge engine impasto and a few of the watercolor brushes that have been added recently.
Kiki, Leon and the snowman are in their own layer group, so I could work with alpha inheritance and get clean results without having to be ultra precise.
oh, and of course I added some glitter to make the snow feel more lively.
Lastly, here’s some of the sketches: