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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'! :) 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) 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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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! :)
o-lee-a Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
asi es, bro.
CaseyD2K Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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! :)
medusoid-m Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Dude outstanding work!@# I love this its fantastic man
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!
beachrain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome line work, process, and final result. Thanks for your knowledge.
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.
Satanaratus Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
I saw one in "Ugly americans"!)))
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