This piece, Silent Hill, was commissioned by Lizbeth Ocegueda. She wanted Cybil front and center with her gun aimed at the viewer. She wanted Cybil to look like Laurie Holden who was the actress who played Cybil in the Silent Hill Movie. I pulled a few references to make sure I could get the likeness, then I was off to get started.
I started with a series of thumbnails to establish the composition. Once that was set, I moved on to refinements of my lines. With all of that work established it gave me a firm ground to begin the painting. I needed a solid value structure since this piece was going to be dark. We didn’t want all the elements blending together so each piece needed it’s own value structure.
Once my rough value grays were laid in, I stared working on color comps to get the mood which makes the final painting a lot easier to get going on. I continued refining the nurses and Cybil until it was finished.
And there you have it. The entire process broken down into the major steps. This is the similar process I use for all of my paintings. There are a bunch of little steps in between these where I segment out specific items but overall, it’s still the same process. It’s important to have a process when painting so you don’t get lost in the details and never finish.
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