My damned computer is acting up. It will not allow me to log in as myself but considers, me of all people it knows, as a standard user, giving me only a little slice of the cake I call my computer.
Soooo…now we got that out of the way I will show you what I have recently made for Paizo´s Pathfinder.
This is the main figure for the cover of GiantSlayer number 5.
I feel most comfortable sketching in pencil. This one is on A3 paper. When I am happy I add some greytones and in this case, some color to show how I imagine the hair/beard to be living flame. In the pencil it looks more like hair.
After that I painted him up in tones of brownish grey. i can only stand that stage for so long and way before I should I begin to overlay and add colors and then there is no turning back.
I thought of gorilla features when designing his face. I think Giants should look Non-Human, to not be mistaken for a man. I played around with orange bounching light especially in the metal parts. The bright white ( cold ) edge light helps establish a contrast to the warm flames. it is my one advice on colors; try thinking of temperature rather than specific color. It gives you the best readability and 3d effects.