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Work process for the last painting. 

1) Simple and quick gesture/line drawing. I knew the temple would mainly be a silhouette, so it was better to keep it simple as a simple shape as opposed to being very detailed. Same goes for all the tree branches since they're more of a final detail and should be saved for last. 
2) Value rough to establish the overall composition, feeling, and atmosphere. The feeling of this piece was cold, quiet, and not highly contrasted to give off a hazy feeling. Once these values are laid down and the composition established, this will be the guideline on how light or dark the colors will be. It's important not to stray too far from the value rough or else you run the risk of changing the balance and overall mood of the piece. 
3) Color rough following the initial idea of mood and atmosphere - blue grays for the cold winter feeling and some nice warm yellows, reds and greens to act as contrast for the natural features. Again, the colors don't stray too far from the tones of the previous value rough. 
4) With the overall composition and colors figured out, cleanup and detailing can begin without having to struggle with an undeveloped layout. 
5) Tree branches were the most demanding part of this painting, so these details were saved for the end. Try and save the fine details for last and fight the urge to detail too early on into a piece. 
6) Finished. Few minor tweaks to the perspective on the figures below the tower. If this slide is turned into a B&W image, it would match very closely with the original value rough, save for the details. 

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Stunning Creativity
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
thank you 
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Your Welcome
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Roxlyde-ArtStudent Digital Artist
Seeing stuff like this from very talented artists is super helpful!!
 Awesome art my guy
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks, hope it helps! 
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Roxlyde-ArtStudent Digital Artist
Its crazy how it goes from looking so loose to so detailed, maybe I need to loosen up a little...
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
It's always good to try and stay loose throughout the painting, especially at the early stages. It helps to stay zoomed out so you can see the piece as a whole, that way you can really see where it's necessary for you to get into the details or not. 
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Roxlyde-ArtStudent Digital Artist
Interesting, got any tips for drawing faster? That's what I struggle with the most...
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
I think that largely has to do with planning and getting used to the work process. This tutorial shows how important it is to get the overall foundation and idea of the painting down right from the start. For instance, since I put down the initial composition and values, I didn't have to guess how light or dark this would be or where objects in the painting will be placed. Then comes the color rough so I don't have to constantly fiddle with the colors as I'm working. I took care of the biggest hurdle, planning, right at the first 2-3 steps. Everything after that is simply cleanup and refining your idea while also sticking to and not straying too far from it. 

Avoid starting details right at the start because you run the risk of losing the focus of the piece. You can spend hours detailing small spots while ignoring everything else, only to find out that area you spent so much time on conflicts with the overall composition. Example of this would be the temple; I could have made it hyper detailed where you can see clearly see the design and facade of it. But if I over-detailed the temple, I would only find out that the details conflict with the overall feeling of the piece that was originally planned (mysterious, foggy, misty, etc.) and I would have to paint over it. Complete waste of time.

Understand what your plan is, stick to it and stay loose - not everything needs to be detailed. 
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Roxlyde-ArtStudent Digital Artist
Wow, killer detail on the advice! I appreciate it!

I will definitely try loosening up, might be kinda messy though
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
No problem, good luck! 
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xXKitsuneiiStudent Digital Artist

This is really good. I love seeing the steps. Overall, its a beautiful art piece.

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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
thank you 
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To-ji Pagoda in Kyoto by five11a It was lovely, your drawing is amazing
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Sanjunin49Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting, thank you.
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