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Murderin'Koala steps by Chuckdee Murderin'Koala steps by Chuckdee
I was bored a few days ago (before some deadlines came in and disturbed my laziness-zen), and decided to start doodling this image I had in my noggin'.

AND since some of you have been kind enough to ask about 'process' stuff, I figured I might as well use this one and save the steps as I went on.

1. doodle out the idea, come up with the big-shapes, general placement of stuff, screw the details, they don't matter at this point.

2. I could have gone straight to pure color and done this 'painterly', but since my first love was comics, I can't help myself and ink this 'comic book style'! :) ...here I define the details... generic textures, gadgets, etc.... these are digital inks by the way.

3. I didn't want to overwork this piece, so I rough in my values (shadows vs. light), and I keep it simple and don't use more than two tones for the shadow-side... and I colorize it blue because shadows tend to be blue or blue-ish during the day, and blue shadows are pretty flexible (I like purlple-ish shadows as well, but that tends to be more of a sunset-shadow color)

4. I flat the mofo' (on a separate layer, knowing I want this to be a sunset kinda scene), and I place my shadows above the flats and set the shadow layer to 'multiply', and THIS is about 90% of the work!

5. I render my 'rimlight' highlights on the figures from the strong light-source behind them (I like to use a 'screen' layer and then I use my light-source color and start rendering away)... I throw in a 'rippling' sun back there, AND last, using my favorite ANIME -technique, I push the background back with a color layer to create a bit more depth (forget the exact layer setting, it changes depending on what I want) .....in hindsight, I should have rendered that kid's booger more.... it's the most important part of the illustration after all! :)

... there's really no way to 'cheat' inks (not this open style anyway), so there's no shortcuts one can take there... that probably took me an hour and a half more or less? BUT I love this kind of coloring because it goes pretty fast, so it took me about one hour to do the color-rendering? so overall, it took me about three hours or so from start to finish....

There's a GAZILLION ways of doing the same thing in Photoshop, this is one I've used 'cause it's deadline-friendly, and very easy to make changes (if stuff is kept on separate layers), so I hope this helps some of you! :D
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Beanrose Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh muchas gracias!!! C:
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MatthewGentry Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha asked the question about how you ink too soon, disregard! Glad you posted this, nice work!
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
claro, con mucho gusto... ahorita estoy un poco ahogado con deadlines, pero en cuanto acabe te lo tradusco! :)
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Beanrose Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:O hablas español!! eres oficialmente lo mejor xD te agradecería mucho si me lo explicas : )
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
te lo podria decir en Espanol! :)
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Beanrose Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm crying because I can't read and understand english very well and can't keep your steps :C la historia de mi vida xD
and your work it's awesome by the way xD
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JamesKirkland Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Cool! thanx man. Big fan :)
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
you can 'gray-out' the roughs and ink right over, but it's best (and cleaner) to just do it over a new layer... also, if you have to make any changes, you have your 'virgin' roughs underneath! :)
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JamesKirkland Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012   Digital Artist
When going from the first rough to the "digital inks" part. do you just ink over the rough in a seperate layer with different transparencies? Kinda curious :)
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SOULFORESAKER Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is just a great method thanks, I hope to work as proffessional as you some day. :)
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