I’ve had a lot of fun getting comfortable working on a traditional oil painting style with this practice painting recently. Before now I’ve mostly focused on creating textures for 3D, so this is technically my first proper digital painting.
As I wanted to focus on getting comfortable with the tools and workflow, I chose to stay pretty true to a single reference photo that I’ve found by Alex Andrews on the CC-0 photo sharing site, Pexels.
This took me a bit under 30 hours over 4 different days of painting. It was pretty slow going because I really had no idea what I was doing and wasted tons of time having fun messing around with mixing colors on the canvas and experimenting with different ways to do strokes with the Wet Bristle Rough brush which I used for nearly everything other than some of the noise texture on the pavement and the whiskers. Forgot to take note of the texture and liner brushes I used for those, but fairly certain they were also stock brushes.
I saved out some JPEGs along the way at various stages while working, figured I’d share those as well on the off chance anyone was interested in that sort of thing.
Initial Sketch (5-10 minutes)
Rough Color Fill (most of the remainder of the first hour)
End of First Day (about 6-7 hours, including the above)
Spent most of the time on a rough detail pass for the fox and getting some of the key details of the face done to a satisfactory level.
Second Day (about 7-8 hours)
This time around I wanted to spend most of the time getting the background/foreground in place and wasted entirely too much time fussing over those pebbles along the bottom, heh.
Third Day (about 8-9 hours)
Started to really dig into the finer details on the top half of the fox at this point.
Final Day (about 6-8 hours)
Finished detailing the lower body and gave the whole fox one final pass to add some extra highlights/shadows and a bit more color variation to the fur. Added a color curves filter to the fox to help make the colors really pop. Added a new layer under the fox to add in some translucent glow and guard hairs to the tips of its fur to make it look extra fluffy and help create a more defined break between the fox and background. I also touched up the background one last time and tossed on a rough vignette around the edges to help fade out the somewhat distracting pebbles and pull the eyes in to the fox.