Step 1: Concept
Step 2: Lines
Step 3: Colours
Step 4: Beginning Tones
Step 5: Midway Tones
Step 6: Final Tonal
Step 7: Colour Experimentation
Step 8: Final
It is known as a Filth Beast (the Beast for short), which prefer to inhabit moist and damp environments. It is a notorious predator, and complimented with it large size (up to 45 feet long and weighing up to 60,000 pounds) it is a deadly threat. Another notable trait of a Filth Beast is it's nauseating smell. A person can easily tell if a Beast is nearby, generally by the fact they start vomiting when the rank stench enters their nostrils.
The Beast has been known to wander into the sewage systems of larger cities however, where it consists on a diet of waste and filth until it is discovered. Considered one of the most dangerous omnivores on the planet, it eats with little regard for living, dead, organic and inorganic meals.
Mating season for a Beast is the worst time to meet one. A male Beast tries to gather as many corpses as possible and gift it to the considerably larger female Beasts. These mating rituals generally involve the deaths of livestock, animals and quite often people.
In terms of the painting, however, I tried a different approach. I began with literally drawing the skeleton (based off that of a Giant Ground Sloth), and then built the muscles on that structure. I also considered making the colour scheme based on that of a swamp one, as per the backstory of the Beast. In the end, the rendering of the Beast was paramount, and I made sure the tones were solid before bringing it into colour.
Once again, there was a lot of difficulty in combining the grayscale render with the colours. I used multiple clipping masks with overlays in order to get the desired effects.
After much experimenting, I ended with the final piece.