I guess the fire is real, manipulated fire, right? But the rest is awesome! I love her twisted evil laugh and her skin is just real! Looking at it even more I realize I love the mix between realism (fire and skin) and comics style (the pile of debris, hairs). It's a fantastic piece.
Thanks! Always a pleasure hearing from you. Yeah, I kinda went overboard with it. Some photo elements are implied with the flames but I have custom cigarette smoke brush that does fire very well! In all honesty I painted a bground with dilapidated buildings and a thin layer of fog..... but, for some reason that particular file would not open. So I opened an older one and in a fit of rage I literally burned everything to the ground. It was very satisfying, oddly enough.
Ow... I just hope the file ain't “gone” forever. I'd have cursed it as well if it had been me. In the end if you're happy with the result, it's all that matters .
Out of curiosity, how long does it take for such a painting?
Just a side note: in all logic, I would have expected the blades to reflect the overall red/orange light, which I'm almost certain you didn't miss. Was that to focus on the blades? (Or is it just a property of Adamantium?)
I painted this particular image over the course of 3 days after my normal work hours. So it took about 15 to 20 hours. As for her claws, your right! I did not forget. I did mirror the fire on them to see if it'd work but it just drowned them out.
Nope. You do it just like I do. I just had multiple layers set on overlay at about half opacity....i think. I'd say more but I don't know if you wanna put the secrets out there....I'm new new at this whole Photoshop explaining thing. Great work on her by the way!