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Digital painting process / Lanaelle - 2015
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Published: January 30, 2015
I saved about 30+ steps for my last deviation (2015 Lanaelle - FINAL), 12 are good enough.

From top left : 
1. Opened my previous portrait of Lanaëlle, re-sketched it, making her stand straight.
2. From there, I placed some features, refined the lines.
3. Lowering the opacity of the previous layer, making a cleaner linework
4. Beginning the greyscale work, mostly with soft brush
5. Painted over the lines, making them disappear. At this point, I just wanted to get rid of that armor-type jacket I made. It's cool, but I think her two mechanical arms are more than enough for her. 
6. Redesigned the jacket, and then the definitive arm
7. Final tweaks on the greyscale : more contrasts (with a multiply layer for darker areas, overlay at low opacity for brighter ones).
8. At first I wanted a sepia look, like the one I loved in Deux Ex : HR (Lanaëlle would be a very good Adam Jensen by the way, just a bit nastier). 
9. Added Lanaëlle's general palette : pink hair/arms, marine blue outfits. Some lights in the backgrounds to justify the rim lights on her, too.
10. As she looked way too much yellowish, I swapped colors to get her a healthier skin. Lowered the violent light on her face too. 
11. As you can see, I tried to make a beginning of background very early (I use to ignore that kind of stuff, backgrounds, I couldn't, here), so I just overpainted the weird figure, added some building. This was simple, really. But a huge step, for me.
12. Final tweaks. I tried to add atmospheric perspective on the background, and added some dark blue shadows on Lanaëlle. 

Bonus step 13 : I flattened everything, and just look at her some minutes. Saved all the opened files. 

Et voilà !

If you want a more precise explanation on any step, feel free to ask, I'll answer =)
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3000x1504px 1.85 MB
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Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
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ArtilleryDesign's avatar
ArtilleryDesign|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great Work
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B3thaburrit0|Student Digital Artist
Hello! I actually had a question between step 8 and 9- I know this is a year old, but hopefully you won't mind answering!
When you began putting new colors on the sepia layer, did you replace the sepia color in those spots somehow, or just paint directly over them, using the shading as a guideline? Or perhaps something different altogether? 
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EvilPNMI|Professional Digital Artist
No problem for answering ;) 
It was a mix of both : I replaced the sepia on some parts and painted on another layer to smooth everything together :) 
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B3thaburrit0|Student Digital Artist
Oh wow ok, great! Again thank you so very much!!! :D
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jesperbodin|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty goddamn awesome work man
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EvilPNMI|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it =)
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