I started this painting a while ago, but slowly chipped away at it from time to time. Finally got tired of seeing it unfinished on my desktop so I spent a few hours this past weekend noodling away. This group of characters have been my go-to team since I started playing Ultimate Marvel v.s. Capcom 3. Although their synergy sucks and none of the characters are top tier, I still prefer playing characters that I think are awesome. And these three are the most douchebag looking, trash talking, ugly characters and I love them for it. Anyways, thought I would do another step by step.
Started with some loose, gestural shapes with enough detail to describe the form.
Did a quick color key of how this painting can be lit and seeing if the color palette will work.
Instead of adding three more images, I decided to show how I approach painting a character... on 3 different characters... on one painting. Confused yet?
I usually go in and refine the line work especially on characters that have defined forms. I turn that layer onto multiply and paint flat colors underneath on a new layer. Once enough form is painted, I take away the line drawing and continue rendering.
More rendering and also adding textures to the bg. I've also started adding a secondary light source.
Add some fancy glows to separate the characters.
Anime swirls always make paintings badass.
And finally I added textures on the overall painting to unify it and give it more drama. Although sometimes I still prefer the stage above. Thanks for looking!