by Caleb Goellner

Getting Down to the Tiny Things: Concept Artist Shaddy Safadi on Composition

Consistency can make or break how an audience takes in an image. Does a character look like it belongs in a given environment? Are they supposed to? Training yourself to take in the elements of an image can help an artist answer these questions and more, adjusting their work for the most potent audience impact.

Concept artist Shaddy Safadi has been addressing these issues for more than a decade creating ideation sketches, style guides and detailed digital paintings for such games as Uncharted, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Neopets: The Darkest Faerie, Dungeons and Dragons, Jurassic Park III and others. Using the Cintiq 27QHD, here the artist walks you through how you begin to start examining the components of your work to always put your best digital paintbrush forward.

See what Shaddy Safadi has to say about getting down to the "tiny things" below: 

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