Tutorial: My Painting Process (Alien)

Over the years, many inquisitive fans have asked me about my painting process. It's pretty simple, really. Most of the emphasis is not stressing on drawing every tiny detail, but it's about capturing the mood and lighting just right. I really admire Rembrandt (see my Rembrandt post here) and his attention to the reflection of light on his subjects. I'll be using my latest Alien painting as an example for a step-by-step tutorial on how the process works. Step 1: I start the whole process out as a monochromatic underpainting, usually as a sepia tone. I paint all of my work alla prima (painting it all at once instead of using pencil). Step 2: I sketch in all the main character elements that are important to the composition. Here is the time I think about size and eye flow in a painting. Still working monochromatic at this point. Step 3: This is the final stage in the underpainting. The background elements go in and the final shading occurs. Once dry, I begin color application. Step 4: The final color stage as well as painting the really small details and highlights comes in here. This is the fun part, when you get to see a painting come together. And that is generally the basic structure for how my painting process works each time. It may seem difficult to others, but it works very well for me. If you have any other questions, always feel free to ask! I love what I do and wouldn't change a thing. The most important thing for each artist is to find one's own style. What works for you may not work for others. Whatever process feels most comfortable is the right one for you. You can find me on Facebook at Horror Artist Chris Kuchta's Gallery of the Macabre and on Twitter at @Bloodedemon. Also DeviantART as bloodedemon and I'm now on Pinterest.