Hello again everyone! You guys are always so supportive and awesome, and I know some have been asking for some tutorials or processes, so I searched my hard drive and found some pieces that I saved the steps for. Here's my process for one of my previous drawings, along with a description of how I made it.
From left to right:
STEP ONE: First, I start with a neutral, desaturated hue. Then, I choose the color based on what I expect the picture's atmosphere to be. In this case, warm. I have the three layers: the "lineart" layer set to multiply on the top, the "figure" second, and the "background" on the bottom.
STEP TWO: Now I lock the transparency on the "figure" layer, and gently apply more color. On the brush's setting, I have the flow set lower than 75% so some of the original hue shows through.
STEP THREE: After that, I made a "shadow" layer above the "figure" layer, and set it to multiply and draw over the character to create a dramatic shadow. I use a hue in the same range at the original color palette I chose in step one. I also chose to create a background at this point, because it would help me choose what to do with the lighting. I decided a traditional Japanese door would be nice (and simple lol).
STEP FOUR: Create a "light" layer above the "shadow" layer and brush over the character with a hue of your choice (in this case a warm color) and set the layer mode to something like overlay. There are other modes that look nice as well, so feel free to experiment.
STEP FIVE: This is the scary part! Where I merged the "light", "shadow", and "figure" layers down to one. This way I am able to tweak the colors more easily. I also added some sakura blossoms and branches on a new layer above all the others. I plan on blurring them to create depth, so I just focused on form and color with those.
FINISHED!: The final touches! Here's where you do what you want to give your drawing a personal touch. I put some textures over the drawing, blurred those flowers, and tweaked the color slightly. Don't even bother following what I did at this point lol. Find someone cool that works for you: sparklies, chromatic aberration, focus blur, whatever you want!
I hope some of you find this helpful! >^..^< Feel free to ask if you have any questions, or if I wasn't clear enough in any of my steps.
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but this is gorgeous and you could have set any of those as the finished project and it would have been gorgeous!
(Sorry for the late reply haha)
However, on this drawing:
I didn't plan ahead for blur. I wanted to bring the hand out-of-focus, but I chose not to, because I lost too much detail in the process.
I typically use one of the square-shaped paintbrushes that comes with Photoshop, and occasionally I use brushes from here: www.kylebrush.com To blend I use a soft brush and the eyedropper tool. I don't smudge too often, but when I do, I turn on the "scattering" option.
And those ears...
I love the anatomy here as well, this is just so pretty! <3
Thank you. Something like this is very very helpful.
Ah, and great work like all of your works.
I hope to see more of some step by step works. <3