The Ultimate Warrior – Part 2

In The Ultimate Warrior Procreate Painting Tutorial – Part 1, I really focused on the intense look of The Warrior’s eyes. War paint is what really distinguished him from the majority of WWE wrestlers in the 80’s. In Part 2 of this Procreate digital painting, I wanted to add him in a pose that showed how jacked his body really was. Is colorful wristwraps and bicep straps probably helped with increasing his muscle vascularity.

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The Ultimate Warrior

Step 5: Warrior Pose Sketch

Create a new layer for the ‘Warrior Pose’ and continue to sketch The Ultimate Warrior using the “Little Pine” brush. I positioned him almost on the opposite side of the eyes to achieve balance.

Step 6: Blocking in Dark Tones

Next, pick up some of the darker color tones used in The Ultimate Warrior’s eyes from Part 1. I got some great results blocking in my colors using the Procreate Acrylic brush. When painting, be sure to paint in the direction of the muscle definition. This will help to add dimension when we add our midtones and highlights to create value.

Step 7: Painting Muscles with Value

Hair can be rendered by choosing your “Little Pine” drawing brush again and loosely drawing in the direction the hair flows. Start with the darkest color value of the hair first, then build on it. Continue using this technique for your midtone color. Once you’re rendering in the light values, you can really see how layering can give hair dimension.

Step 8: Adding Dimension to Hair

Just like in Part 1 of painting The Ultimate Warrior, it’s important to build up several levels of color value. Then add the details to the hair sketching the highlights with the Little Pine brush. I also used this brush to paint darker wisps of hair for greater detail.

Step 9: Smaller Brush, Greater Detail

When using a wide Acrylic brush, you might wonder how to get features to show up in greater detail. Using smaller and more precise Procreate brushes can put the finishing touches on your piece. You don’t have to overdo it. Imperfections in artwork allow people to view it through your perspective.

Charles Ellison

Author Charles Ellison

I create digital paintings of pop culture, movies, icons and anything that inspires me. Time flies when I’m creating something that begins to take shape. It’s been great transitioning from traditional pencil and paper to work digitally. A tablet and stylus has really brought my artwork to life!

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