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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 General 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 General 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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