I've been working on some stuff for my final project, based VERY loosely on the Knights Templar of the Crusades.
The concept I am and believe I will continue to work on after the project is completed is a specialized group of Templar, a kill team so to speak, that hunts demonic infestations when and where they arise.
This character is a paladin. While still a strong fighter, he is also very spiritual and can cast spells to hurt and banish demons.
I started out with a sketch of his armor. I exaggerated it to give him a more unique and powerful look.
Next, I opened Photoshop and using the sketch for reference, made a greyscale of the paladin. I added lighting to help with directional lighting.
I then added some color to the image to flesh it out.
Once I had settled the initial colors, I added in a background to the image. I felt that, being the Crusade era, it would more than likely take place in Israel. Thus, I went with a more desert theme for this image.
I then added more tonal value to the image, in the form of greater highlights and shadows.
Next I added in the effects of him casting a spell. Not entirely realistic with the glyphs floating around it, but since the concept would be based for gaming, I felt that the visual would lend itself to the experience and eyecandy of the player.
Final image to come! Thanks for looking!