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'Object Lesson' Walk Through by drak 'Object Lesson' Walk Through by drak
Some of you expressed interest in seeing how I make my stuff nowa'days and I happened to have a bunch of screens from the WIP, so I made a walk through? I've been called weird as to how I go about coloring, but hey, it works for me and I find it really easy to use textures with :D This one was done 9x11 inches at 300dpi in Adobe PS CS2.

This is not a full-blown tutorial, I don't think I could make one of those without writing a book. But- you can get the general idea of what I do to construct an image from this.

Anyway, hope some sort of amusement comes from this. If there are any questions feel free to ask! :)


LINKS:

Here's my other 2 tutorials that sort of hold bearing to this (old warning):
Coloring- [link]
Isolating Lines: [link]

My favorite stock texture site: [link] (CGtextures ofc!)

And here's one of my favourite photoshop brush sets courtesy of ~EraserX : [link]
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:iconjinsuke04:
jinsuke04 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
COOL!!!
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WillGArt Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a quick question. When you paint in all the details and stuff, do u paint above or below the lineart, or what layer properties do u use?
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drak Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Above, and usually the layer is on normal unless I'm trying for some kind of special effect. :)
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:iconwillgart:
WillGArt Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah k kl thanx :)
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:iconwillgart:
WillGArt Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your amazing....
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:iconcurlyhair:
curlyhair Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconliving-with-aliens:
Living-with-aliens Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Student General Artist
This was interesting and also helpful C:
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dragvik Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
tnx :)
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SilvariaKiralv Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I always wondered how you achieved such great detail and stunning shadow/highlight effects. This is wonderful, thank you for giving the opportunity to see how you work!

By the way, about how long does a typical image take you to complete?
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:iconcetriya:
Cetriya Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
do you happen to have any youtube videos?
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Siveran Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
This looks like an interesting process, and the end result is awesome. I never make thumbnails at the start and really should start doing that. I also need to try the dodge and burn at the end, and I probably need to add textures too... Thanks for making this.
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Epantiras Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for posting this! It's very interesting!
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:iconmmkh:
MMKH Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn, I'm using this for future reference. :)
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Sjarmtroll Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
Totally amazing o.o When i looked at your first pic(newest) i was sitting with my mouth open XD
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:icontereseantonsen:
TereseAntonsen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Shit your too good, I can't even manage to try myself .___.
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:iconahrjey:
Ahrjey Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for the walkthrough :) This will definitely be a handy reference for the future as I am still learning to paint digitally.

This also is one of the best walkthroughs I've seen, especially with the addition of the thumbnail ref used throughout the entire process.
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:iconfirespettan:
Firespettan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
hmm, looks like is better to coloring the background and then the character.
I must try this out :)
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:icondrak:
drak Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Indeed, I find it much easier to properly place the lighting on the character if I draw the background and it's light sources first.
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:iconfirespettan:
Firespettan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Just is sometime hard to start first the background for I want more draw the character XD
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Junryou-na-Kokoro Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is so insightful and helpful to me. Thank you for posting this walk-through!
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ImInUrDreams222 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
It definitely does help to know that you didn't create the texture on your own for the scales, haha, it eases the pressure a little haha. :w00t!:
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pen-umbral Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Student
Ooh, I have a question! How do you define and work with layer masks? I've never seen a tut on that, and I am dying to find out. (And I prefer talking to people to Google, lol.)
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Cetriya Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
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:iconpen-umbral:
pen-umbral Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Student
Oooh! THANKS.
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:icondrak:
drak Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
A layer mask is you telling the layer "please only paint on this part of the image"

The ones I use are mostly clipping masks, you can do that by making a layer with something on it (like your base color), and then make a new layer on top of it and right click>create clipping mask to tell it "please only paint over whats on the layer below you".

And then you can also set the layers to different modes to get different effects etc.
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dauntingfire Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic tutorial, thank you so much for posting it! It's really cool to see your process. :)
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EchoesEnding Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Wow, very enlightening :D Thankyouuuuu!
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PanoramaGeek Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Very helpful man! I love this tut :)
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qwerty1198 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this!
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:iconred-great-valoo-xiii:
I kept asking myself how did you do it. XD

Thank you!
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:iconrikutida:
Rikutida Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
I think this might going to help me improve my art

I like trying new techniques!


Thank you for sharing :)
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:iconhylanvahr:
Hylanvahr Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for sharing this. These are excellent and inspirational techniques! :)
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NarcoticMasquerade Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Thank you for posting! Most helpful ^^
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:iconhelixel:
Helixel Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
rather inspriring! id still like to know how you do those beautiful sparks? I still havnt found a nice way of doing them. :)
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:icondrak:
drak Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
The ones in this particular picture were done with a brush from the pack linked, though there are an infinite amount of brushes out there that are great for doing them. Or there's the ol fashioned way of painting them by hand of course :D
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:iconjanaita:
Janaita Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
That was inspiring. Thank you for making it!
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:iconeulenspiegelken:
Eulenspiegelken Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Wow. Wncouraging. ;D
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chickenfoot87 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! The end result looks so cool! And its fun to see all the steps.
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EdDarkflame Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! I am totally taking this into account! Impressive!
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:iconthe-wandering-angel:
The-Wandering-Angel Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Student General Artist
Your work never ceases to amaze me...

This is incredibly helpful. Thanks for spending the time to make this.
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dracothrope Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Very very epic. Thank you so much for giving us a walkthrough! :D I would love to try this effect some time.
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:iconfadingdaylightdragon:
Thanks a lot for posting this! :hug: and thank you for pointing out that great brush pack :D
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wahay Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It all comes seemingly out of nowhere! I wouldn't mind seeing a book with all the behind-the-scenes stuff.

But I really appreciate this walkthrough. THanks a ton for spending time on it. :)
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Nicuh Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha neato I just understand it from previous chat I just fill in the blanks in my head haha. :ahoy:
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Twentieth Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seriously cool. Thanks for the tips on how you texture and color. great work! :)
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