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Making of a Mutant... Or Two.
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By Robaato   |   Watch
Published: March 8, 2011
© 2011 - 2019 Robaato

First off, before I explain this process I want to say a few things.

It seems almost everyone has an opinion of what they feel I should change about this image. Please don't forget, that this is MY piece. It's my interpretation of the X-Men. I have that right as an artist. Not that I'm against "critique" or such, but know that there's a time and place for those things. I'm not an artist who's just starting out "learning" how to do this.

I do this for a living, which I guess means "professionally". I get paid to do work like this. This was not an attempt to learn how to do something, I do that in my off/spare time enough (much of which I don't even show on dA). So in that case, I didn't ask for "help" on this image. I know exactly what I'm doing in this case.

Also, this piece took over the course of 3-4 days to complete. Those who are expressing their "concern" haven't even probably attempted something of this scale themselves. Considering that I'm pretty confident now with layouts like these, I can make that statement.

I'm still learning however, but I really don't need my hand held by a group of people right now. I've did all that hard work myself when NO ONE was interested in my art, before I got a bit of play. Only reasonable help from close friends/artists pushed me along the way when I was stuck. I am not "stuck" here.

To the process. As you remember the screenshot updates, it was not done necessarily in this order. But this is the typical order of a piece of mine:

1. Rough Sketch- Very blurry and such, it was kinda hard for most to make out. This is how I start out 95% of my work. XD

2. Lineart- I draw the lines right off that rough sketch with a fine brush on Sketchbook Pro on a separate layer.

3. Base Flats- In Photoshop, Amanda helped on the guys, and I baseflatted the girls.

4. Color Flats- I flatted each individual article of clothing and such on top of the Base Flats.

5. Shadows- Added shaded cels/tones to the characters. This was done with a dark bluish-purple color on the layer setting Hard Light.

6. Powers- I added the powers. I painted these in with various brushes. I played around with the Layer Style settings to achieve the desired effect.

7. Highlights/Lighting- I added certain lighting elements using Layer Style, and the highlights to the suits. They're superheroes, which involves latex and such. So things had to reflect and light has to bounce of them. That takes consistent study to pull off feasibly. With the skin, I painted it to contrast against the reflective light of the suits.

8. Final Touches- Added Storm's scarf thingy and halftone and tint on the enemy section, and put a light Gradient Map over the whole image to mesh the whole image together visually.

And that's it!
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thestefan's avatar
i dont know what peeps is bitching about its clear that its in your own style. it wouldn't have been as cool if it was in anyone elses. i love it. this is going to be my computer b.g.
Knightice765's avatar
One of my favorite piece!!!
lightdark0123's avatar
Wow. Thats master piece. xD I wish I can done that, but that require much patience... I have a tamper... :(
Bozzak1's avatar
Great work, and the fact that you show your process is very giving.

Love you Jube too.
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rdatzkoProfessional Traditional Artist
Sincerely love this!!!
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L-wordStudent Filmographer
Very cool, and helpful. I'm completely pants at coloring on the computer. This is a stupid question, but what's the point of base flats?
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HiAgain69Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super cool
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AlexLuvsArtProfessional Interface Designer
To me this piece is very well balanced and this is coming from someone who has done graphic design for several years (Although not much of the comic artist). Layout is what I do everyday and dealing with color as well. I love your use of color, you definitely know how to put them together. Thanx for taking the time to show us the process, it definitely helps. Ten thumbs up.
nibcrom's avatar
Thanks for sharing your process.
SparkletteMachina's avatar
This is great!
Are you thinking of drawing out the whole marvel universe?
I think they'd all look great in your style! :)
585's avatar
this is all types of kick-ass, i just have a few questions if you don't mind me asking

1) when you do the shading and set it to hard light what opacity you set it to

2) when you do the lighting/ highlights effect what exactly do you do in layer style

3) and last do you recomend buying Sketchbook Pro
KatMaz's avatar
BRILLIANT!!!! ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!! 8D LOVE IT SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!! ^^ Its so amazinh how you did this step by step, very sophisticated and clean! LOVE IT LOTS!!!!!!!! 8D
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StreetKnights901 General Artist
And thanks for shwing the process! Really tight stuff
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StreetKnights901 General Artist
Who would have a problem with this?! That's F'd up man! This is top notch work. We need more of this if anything. Keep it up!
RavenAspen's avatar
Fuck, that is just.... Wow, this is amazing.
RC1's avatar
Spectacular! Or should I say Astonishing?
Love it! :headbang:
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NyahKittyHobbyist General Artist
I always appreciate it when an artist provides a step by step progress image of how they made the final product.
However, you've gone the extra mile and explained what you did in each step.

Thanks for taking the time to do this.

Also, you're work is very good!
q-bii's avatar
watching/seeing this come together was almost as awesome as seeing the final product! awesome work!
sbxjap's avatar
on a side note.... for those who wanted Deadpool (he doesn't even belong on this image!!) on here, you should do a sketch of him... a chibi one... so they can tack it on the side of the print they buy lol... I would attach a spring so he can bobble...
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RyeGonProfessional Traditional Artist
this is awesome! :D
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The-Enigma-MachineHobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the idea of artistic license, because even characters decades old can still be very eye-catching to look at, like here. Excellent job!
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Radiant-GreyHobbyist Digital Artist
I for one definitely appreciate these glimpses into your work flow! REAL damn informative =D Thanks muchly! (and yeah, I noticed more than a few people poking and prodding you--it's not their piece, it's yours. It's not a group effort here!)
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