Simple Tomb Lid Art (Tutorial)

This is a short tutorial to help show the various stages I tend to use to make colour art. I used ArtRage 5 for this, but you could just as easily use Photoshop or Gimp as the terms used are generally common.

Tomb Lid
Hey, I’m a GIF…

So, let’s start.

Stage 1 – Line Art

Create a layer, call it Stage 1. Create a simple outline of the piece on that layer. Easy.

Tomb Lid (1)

Stage 2 – Base Colour

Create another layer (Stage 2) underneath the Stage 1 layer. Select a colour. Grey in this case, and colour it in.

Tomb Lid (2)

Stage 3 – Dark Textures

Create another layer (Stage 3) between Stage 1 and 2’s layers.

I select the Stage 2 layer, then use the magic wand to select the whole of the Stage 2 layer. Then with the selection highlighted, select the Stage 3 layer. This gives me a good boundary for the texture without needing to tidy up after.

I have a couple of textures I use for this, but use what you can find which you think might look good. I then select a darker shade of the base colour, maybe even some green for lichen effect, and dab it on.

Tomb Lid (3)

Stage 4 – Light Textures

Create another layer (Stage 4) on top of Stage 3’s layer.

Basically, the same as the work we did on Stage 3 layer, but we use a lighter shade of the base colour, or white spots or something.

Tomb Lid (4)

Stage 5 – Shadows

Create a new layer (Stage 5). This can be anywhere. Set the layer to Multiply, and opacity to around 50%. Use black as your colour.

Decide where the light is coming from (and stick to it going forward), and then start adding shadow to areas that would be in shadow from the light source position.

Tomb Lid (5)

Stage 6 – Highlights

Create a new layer (Stage 6). This can be anywhere. Set the layer to Overlay, and opacity to around 50%. Use white as your colour.

Based on where the light was coming from in Stage 5, start adding highlights to all edges and faces that would receive highlight from the light source position.

Tomb Lid (6)

Stage 7 – Engraving

Okay, let’s get funky.

Create a new layer (Stage 7), and it can go on top of all the other layers. Set it to Multiply. Use the base colour from Stage 2, and using a pen type brush write your engraving on the art.

Then we need to apply some layer effects. You will want Emboss (inside). You will need to adjust the light position, so that it correctly follows the light source decision you made in Stage 5/6.

Tomb Lid (7)

Stage 8 – A bit of extra detail

Back to the Stage 1 layer and add some extra bits and bots for good luck.

Tomb Lid (8)


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