So I know I want to use these wings for my reference, but there’s a lighting problem. Cas is standing by a dusky, sunlit window, but my wings are outside in the bright daylight. The light isn’t where it should be.
I have to move the light.
And that’s the part that requires… well, years of practice, pretty much.
In the second image, I’ve tried to show what will need to happen. By looking at both the structure of the wing and the angle of the light on Cas’s face, I can tell where the same light that’s hitting Cas would hit the wing.
Once I draw the wings in, I’ll have to move the light.
There’s also a matter of using the right color palette. In my reference, some of the feathers appear to be bright white (like at the top of the wing bone). But there’s no white in my Cas drawing (if you look at Cas’s shirt color, which we know to be white, you’ll see it actually appears a dark grey-orange and not remotely white at all). And when that same shirt collar hit sunlight, it’s STILL not white but a vivid yellow).
That means that the white that’s in the wing will have to become similar colors.
You can use Photoshop for both of these steps, at least in trial conditions. For example, I can use color filters on the wings to see how it will change before I actually paint it. I can even highlight the wing to test lighting conditions. Photoshop is really great for helping you see how it might look before you draw it. It’s a great thumbnail tool.
So now I’m going to try testing some colors and shapes to see how the wings will fit in the actual drawing…