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Creating a Goblin Concept in Photoshop
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Released May 20, 2013
Alex Alvarado

Guest Tutor

Alex Alvarado
In this tutorial we will go through the character design process as well as go over various painting techniques. During the course of this tutorial, we will go over the sketch and design process for creating NPCs (Non-Player Characters). We will take, from beginning to end, the entire process of creating a Goblin minion that could be handed off to an art team to move into further development. We'll create several armor sets for the goblin to wear.

Finally we will take one of those designs to a finished color render. Throughout the tutorial we'll discuss painting techniques, Photoshop hot keys, Wacom tablet settings, and file structuring.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:03
Photoshop hotkeys and tablet settings
2

Photoshop hotkeys and tablet settings

 
11:55
Sketching out different poses and shapes
3

Sketching out different poses and shapes

 
15:01
Setting the goblin base pose
4

Setting the goblin base pose

 
14:39
Base painting process
5

Base painting process

 
15:52
Base painting detailing
6

Base painting detailing

 
13:52
Base painting details: Continued
7

Base painting details: Continued

 
15:24
Sketching out costumes
8

Sketching out costumes

 
16:26
Beginning the first armor set
9

Beginning the first armor set

 
14:38
Detailing the first armor set
10

Detailing the first armor set

 
15:01
Finishing the first armor set
11

Finishing the first armor set

 
16:10
Finishing the first armor set
12

Finishing the first armor set

 
14:34
Beginning the second armor set
13

Beginning the second armor set

 
17:08
Detailing the second armor set
14

Detailing the second armor set

 
15:04
Continuing to detail the second armor set
15

Continuing to detail the second armor set

 
15:41
Finishing the second armor set
16

Finishing the second armor set

 
15:17
File organization
17

File organization

 
12:56
Painting in some color
18

Painting in some color

 
16:02
Preparing the image for final render
19

Preparing the image for final render

 
14:44
Painting the skin of the goblin
20

Painting the skin of the goblin

 
15:01
Painting the accessories
21

Painting the accessories

 
15:58
Continuing to paint the accessories
22

Continuing to paint the accessories

 
16:09
Painting the face of goblin
23

Painting the face of goblin

 
17:23
Edge clean-up of our image
24

Edge clean-up of our image

 
17:31
Applying the finishing touches
25

Applying the finishing touches

 
12:54