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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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nottoocoolforschool Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That 5 step process is gonna speed my page coloring process up so damn much now. Sir, you are a f$#@ing legend for posting this.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
haha... thanks! :) ... glad it helps... I recommend if you're gonna use the 'multiply shadows' method, to keep your flats slightly lighter than a mid-tone... otherwise stuff get's waay to dark!
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nottoocoolforschool Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tend to do that anyway. My color deficient eyes aren't good with some colors so I keep em as bright as I can to start with then tone them down afterwards.

Whatever I do I still have to get someone to proof my colors.

Thanks for the tips.
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A-Rob Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome stuff man! love it!
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NCAP Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really great!! What program do you work in?
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Photoshop!
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Love it!!!!
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank yoooUUUUUU!!! :)
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Devilsmaycry317 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
This is so awesome! :D now make a youtube video hehe jk
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o-lee-a Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
interesting process, homie. that's almost exactly how i color my stuff. :)
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
... if you think about it, it's really not that different than 'classical' painting techniques.... put your underpainting down first, then start working up towards the lightsource! :)
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o-lee-a Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
asi es, bro.
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CaseyD2K Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!
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razor-rabbit Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Great character and work! You can also get that nice glowy light pretty quickly by using a layer with linear dodge over your lines and just radial gradienting from your light source with a really dark orange.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
... I used a color-grad at one point towards the end, but can't remember what setting it was... I just mess around until something looks right! .... thank you for the suggestion! :)
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medusoid-m Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Dude outstanding work!@# I love this its fantastic man
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Cellophane-S Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey friend, this is great to get an understanding of the way you work. It's really geneous and helpful. The final piece here is fun and dynamic and a fantastic piece of art! Love it!
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beachrain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome line work, process, and final result. Thanks for your knowledge.
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DownwardsSaint Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Do NOT piss off that koala.

In a related note: if you see a koala on the ground, he is a junkie looking for a fix. That koala will cut you, as soon as look at you.
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Satanaratus Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
I saw one in "Ugly americans"!)))
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Sidxartxa Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very well drawn lineart! But i think the final image is not so good ,because whole image is in one tone. It's all bright and have no contrasts. When the sun is so bright , your figures must be like silhouette ..
sorry for that criticism
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome work by the way!!! :) ... I totally know what you mean... originally, the piece was much darker and there was a lot more contrast between the light source and the shadows, but it didn't seem to "fit" the image I was going for, because I still wanted it to be "cute". I took a cue from Anime, and focused on making sure the light was pretty strong without obscuring the characters and keeping the shadows colorful.

and THANK YOU, all constructive criticism is ALWAYS welcome! :D
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beachrain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Couldn't there also be a front light, like if you thought of this as a photo taken with flash? Its a stretch I guess, but it is an illustration. :)
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Sidxartxa Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Our eyes works like photo cameras. So if you try to look on the light source , everything that surrounds it will be darker.
And of cause contrasts makes things much beauty , that's what I'm talking about )
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
... even technically though, the eye's 'aperture' also changes drastically depending on what one is focusing on directly... if you look at a shadow, the eye's iris opens and let's more light in, and in doing so, color comes in as well... so that was the case with this piece... although the piece is colored by a sunset atmosphere, my eye is focused on the shadows, reducing the contrast a bit.... kinda like James Bama 'Doc Savage' pieces! :)
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beachrain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think I get what your saying. Contrast is always interesting, I thought you were only speaking in technicalities before... interesting either way. :)
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional
I live in Australia and yes, thats EXACTLY how the koalas around here look ;) Aweseome stuff! Tell me you are going to post the final image by itself at somestage (pretty please)...
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you very much Sir! :)... and I KNEW IT!!! ALL animals in Australia probably drive around in Mad-max type cars and you are all constantly fighting for gasoline AND those damn delicious Australian cookies... what the hell are those evil evil things called??? the wafer ones with chocolate inside... CRACK IT TELL YOU!!!! :D
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional
I believe the nutritionless wonders, food of the gods, chocolate biscuit of wonder to which you refer is the Timtam ;)
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
oh man..... Timtams, you are indeed correct..... those evil evil little bastards... it's a good thing they don't sell 'em here 'cause I would be just like Jabba the Hut sitting on my arse all day eating those things nonstop!
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Kitfisto28 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
gotta love the "heavy gear" look.. i think liefeld always tried to get this look but failed repeatedly... thats one badmutha shut yo mowf koala
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
heheh... thanks Man! :)
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BlackHat0 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! Makes me think of the koala from American Dad haha
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ReidRo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot express how cool this is XD
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