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Prepare to Board


Planning your composition is crucial. Below is a breakdown of how I direct the eyes around and within the composition. There are also foreground, midground and background elements, with a focal point. Plan with your principles of design before going full bore on details.

Process: Kung Fu meets Fu Manchu


I embarked on taking this composition in a more experimental direction. I wanted to mimic the old mis-registered prints from movie posters and wrap it up in a loving tribute to Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. I wasn’t happy with the initial pencil rendering of Fu Manchu, so I scrapped it completely and started over again. After performing a grayscale test, I realized that what was missing was highlight values. So I added them in. Here’s the first pass grayscale test. And the second pass, with the highlights added around Shang’s muscles and face. Finally, here’s the finished piece.