A Quick Way to Create Concept Art Using Alchemy (Works Great with Robots)


Struggle with creative block? After watching this Alchemy tutorial you will know how to create concept art in a really quick way.

Alchemy Tutorial: Getting Through Creative Block to Create Concept Art

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Personally, I can approve that creating a concept art from scratch is insanely hard. It’s like trying to remember yourself when you were five years old.

If you push really hard, you may find yourself staring at the blank page, with a cold coffee in your hand.

But actually, there is a way out of this sleep of reason.

Download Alchemy

Feed some 2D shapes to your brain first. Create an improvised Rorschach test using a free drawing software called Alchemy. And I guarantee you will get your ideas back.

Goblins? No problem.

Robotic aliens? You name it.

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To start the object recognition mechanism, feed some random shapes to your brain

Step 1. Draw a Bunch of Random Shapes in Alchemy

Start spilling the ink.

Keep the process as fluid and freestyle as possible.

Listen to Matt Uelmen Tristram theme from Diablo. Just make sure you not allowing logical thinking to intervene.

Use the Pull Shapes (with the ‘Parts’ folder) tool to create the hard surface angular shapes.


The Pull Shapes tool works wonders with robotic designs

Step 2. Find the Robot!

Now look at these shapes and find the robot. I’m sure that there is one.

I see not only the robot, but the Drakula-style haircut, the witch house and some ducks.

(And now imagine that you can use Mandelbrot fractals as a base for your concept art!).

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I found my robot! Here it is. And where is yours?

Step 3. Draw the (Owl) Concept in the Image Editor

The next step is to draw the robot in PhotoshopGimp or Krita.

Use the Alchemy generated inkblot as a base and start sketching the robo. Keep it freestyle.

No need to lay out precise strokes during that stage.

Starting to draw over the Alchemy-generated random shape

Step 4. Tweak the Outlines

Now when you have created a rough outline, start making your concept pretty.

• Define the volume
• Define the key light direction to reveal the form of the model
• Lay out the fine brush strokes
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Time to polish the outlines and define the forms

Step 5. Finalize the Concept Art

Congrats, my friend. You made an awesome concept art (I really hope you did).

As the last touch you can work on presentation.

How will you frame it?

Maybe you would like to add some color or texture to it?

Personally, I love how the paper texture looks. Gives the whole thing a hand-drawn vibe.

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Here is the result of this tutorial. I like it!

Now It’s Your Turn

Now download Alchemy and start creating your own robots, mythical creatures and other exciting stuff.

Here is a little bonus for you: my Alchemy shapes at full resolution.

You can use it as a starting point for your concept.shapes_02

Share your works in the comments and tell me if this tutorial was helpful to you.



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