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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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Sidxartxa Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General 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 General 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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