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-Executive Assistant Iris- by Dualmask -Executive Assistant Iris- by Dualmask
Commission for an off-dA client, requesting an image of Executive Assistant: Iris from Aspen MLT Comics. First I'd ever heard of the character, but from what I researched, she looks and sounds intriguing.

I had no imagination when it came to posing (a missed opportunity to be sure since the client gave me free reign) so I decided to use this as an opportunity to try out some new coloring techniques. I like how it turned out.

Critiques welcome on this since nothing here except for the character herself was dictated by the client.

Sans BG:

Executive Assistant Iris Aspen MLT Productions
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:iconthedetectordx:
TheDetectorDX Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She has a nice design to her.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like. :) It's not my design though...she comes straight from mainstream comics.
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:iconwbd:
wbd Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The shading may have taken a long time, but the payoff is strong. This piece has what I think is pro-level coloring on it. The composition is striking. You've outdone yourself (whether you feel the pose isn't as interesting or not. For what it's worth, I think the pose works in context).
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Honestly, I feel the same way; this is getting closer to a more professional level of coloring for me. I'm really happy with how the coloring turned out. Unlike my other painting attempts, this is more of a cross breed between paint and cel shading (you might notice there are still some hard shadows here and there, most evident on her abdomen). I was looking at comic book covers and I awakened to the fact that there really is a middle ground between full-on painting and cel shading; plenty of different ways to tackle the approach, in fact. The best part was that this didn't really take all that long--but moreover, I wasn't really thinking about the time it took at all. I was just...enjoying the process. And that's what it's all about.
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:iconwbd:
wbd Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, and the plus to this technique is that viewers not only find it compelling, but also "familiar". It's a little thing that can really bring out the strength of a piece while getting good attention. I use that halfway-in-between technique for a lot of my colors, too. As you said, it works well, while not taking quite as long.
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:iconebony-chan:
ebony-chan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Sp man I told you your coloring would improve. =)
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
And all it took was one different brush and a little patience. :)
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:iconebony-chan:
ebony-chan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Hey man. Remember our art trade? Question if I drew both our characters would you mind coloring them?
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I forgot all about that; I've been really busy. I can do that, but I can't prioritize it over other projects, so it may be a while before I'm able to color it.
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:iconebony-chan:
ebony-chan Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Thats cool. It gives me time to clean up the pencil sketch and ink it. =)
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:iconslimmmgoodie:
SlimmmGoodie Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the color style.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, Slimmm! :)
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:iconslimmmgoodie:
SlimmmGoodie Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome!
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:iconshadowleviathanzero:
ShadowLeviathanZero Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Another awesome piece fellow deviant!! :wow:
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you dig it!
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:iconhulkdaddyg:
hulkdaddyg Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's pretty sweet, man. I like the blending of techniques. Nice job.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Suppose I couldn't have done this if I was determined to stick to one medium, huh? Thanks!
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:iconmr-marcus-81:
Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been wonder for a while and been being to ask you...how do you create the semi-transparent duplicate image in the background?
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Flatten the character image (might want to save a copy of it broken up into layers first), copy it, paste the copy on its own layer, scale it up, then lower the opacity of that layer. After that, it's just a matter of playing around with Hue/Saturation and/or Color Balance to get that colored look, and moving it into place.

Mind you that if your image is really high resolution, the scaling up part may really slow down or even crash your image editor, so be careful. I have 8GB of RAM, but I also work in 600 dpi, so scaling up the image tends to slow my machine down a little.

Once you're satisfied with the size and position of the blown-up background character image, you'll want to crop it so that nothing exists outside the border of your image.
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Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet...I'll have to try it. I'm not really familiar with scaling it up nor figuring out how many dpi's I work in, but I guess I can figure it out. Thanks! :D
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What software do you use? If it's Photoshop, I can tell you everything you need to know.
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Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PS CS3
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Okay, well scaling up the image is as easy as using Transform (Ctrl+T) and using the object handles to make the image on the layer (or a selection) larger. You can also use that command through menu by hitting Edit > Transform and picking Scale, Rotate, or other options (worth playing around with--skew and perspective can be useful at times, and Warp can be a godsend, though I don't know if CS3 has those all or not.)

To know your DPI, you'll be able to set it when you scan a drawing in... if you scan traditional art, you should be working with at least a resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch). If you're not sure, you can open up any preexisting image and use Image Size (Shift+Ctrl+I) and you'll see a window showing the size of your image in pixels, physical dimensions and resolution (DPI). Images downloaded from the web tend to be 72 dpi--images intended for print range between 300-600. Higher resolution generally means sharper looking, but larger images. My standard method is to scan a drawing in at 600 dpi, do my line art and flats with the pencil tool, and then scale down when I'm finished coloring and ready to print or upload.

If you like, I can do a quick Livestream video showing everything I mentioned.
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Lord-Retsudo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Holy crap, man. The colouring, lighting, texturing is the best I've seen from you yet.

There's absolutely nothing here that wouldn't look out of place on any big-name comic or video game cover. The client must be happy!

10/10.
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:iconjoybuzzer:
Joybuzzer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Agreed!
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:iconlord-retsudo:
Lord-Retsudo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
^^; You don't know how much that compliment means to me! Thanks a lot! :D
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:iconlord-retsudo:
Lord-Retsudo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very welcome. Just saying what I see. You certainly put in a shift on this one!
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:iconmosobot64:
mosobot64 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Whoa, that's good colouring technique!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Just did what I normally do, but a lot more brushing and a lot less pen-tooling. :)
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:iconmosobot64:
mosobot64 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Yup, I tend to rely almost exclusively on brushwork myself...
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I can brush small areas, but when areas get too large (say, a thigh), I need to use the pen tool to make a selection for support. I just don't have that kind of control with a mouse or tablet.
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:iconmosobot64:
mosobot64 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student General Artist
It's okay, most of my large area brushwork tends be be a little on the inconsistent side. ^^; That said, there is something to be said for a painterly look. :P
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Hells-Blood Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Very Nice!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, Hector!
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:icondramira-official:
Dramira-Official Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome. I actually designed a similar jacket-thing for an outfit for Dramira, recently.
I love the pants and want to know where I can get a pair. :P
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Her outfit is really awesome and I loved doing my interpretation of it, though I'm afraid my simplified drawing style doesn't do justice to how it looks in the comics. Still, I'm happy with this!
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:iconjoybuzzer:
Joybuzzer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Wow! I'd say these coloring techniques were a success!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I think so too!
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:iconadekii:
adekii Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'd say your coloring experiments were all successes!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:nod: I feel the same way. I'm eager to see how I can evolve from here.
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:iconrodcom1000:
RODCOM1000 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice work, Jonathan! :thumbsup:
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you dig it, Rod!
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:iconben-keen:
Ben-Keen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Looks great, man!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for checking it out! How've you been?
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:iconben-keen:
Ben-Keen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012   Digital Artist
No problem :)
I'm good...just trying to keep busy, you know?
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:iconmillgiass:
millgiass Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Showing people what is most important in the background?
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yup.
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