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Batgirl in 6 easy steps STEP 5

By jimlee00
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There are many ways to separate foreground from background and the color white can be especially powerful on a colored midground field. I use whiteout to create volume by pulling out the shine and highlights on the form (essentially anything curved gets a white dab or streak of color to show the shape is 3-D and is reflective an off camera light source) and then on top of it, I just throw white in the background using my fingers as brushes. The idea is to pop her off the green and create some moody atmosphere at the same time.

I also use the white out as a graphical element, outlining her silhouette which is the crudest and simplest way of popping the figure off the same colored background.
Image size
810x1080px 824.34 KB
Shutter Speed
1/20 second
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Nov 30, 1999, 12:00:00 AM
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knightjan's avatar
Love this step!!!!
Extraordinary effect! No wonder why i appreciate your work!
PowaPlaya's avatar
Really nice sketch.
Btw, that white reminds me of something, but I'm too polite to say of what...
LawLiEnt's avatar
nice technique, never herd of that!
Hodges-Art's avatar
I always appreciate the process, Jim. Thanks for posting!
ReillyBrown's avatar
Aw man, once you start splattering stuff, that's when things get fun! I love it!
How come you use white out as opposed to acrylic or gouache or something? I always thought white out has kind of a yucky texture.
AngelicAdonis's avatar
Thats fantastic! Great job man! :D
Mark-Nester's avatar
WOW!!! thats damn nice
ahxkim's avatar
great tutorial from one of the best in the business.
Konjur's avatar
If I was 16 and Jim Lee had a Deviant Art account where he showed WIPs, I'd poop my pants.

You kids betta rekognize

gotta love this age of information.
Electagonist's avatar
Its nice to have a clue an idea how a pro does it :)
K-hermann's avatar
awesome! love her expression !!
RABguy's avatar
Um, wow. These are really informative and you're quite right, the white-out really makes Bab's body and her hair ';pop out' as if they were 3-D.

You're the man!
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