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I'm not sure how useful this is but I thought I'd upload it anyway since I had several screen captures of my progress on When Will My No Begin and I've had some people ask how I did the shading.
1. General drafting. Despite knowing that I wanted to do a scene with Flynn climbing the hair and Grumpy Cat threatening to cut it, I still went through nearly 20 different drafts. I had several difficult compositions that weren't working right until I landed on this sketch.
2. Color blocking on the tower and finalizing the line guides for the two characters. I changed Flynn's pose to something that made him look a little more chaotic and off balance. I also realized that I needed to make Grumpy Cat's scissors unrealistically huge in order to see them better XD
3. Shading Flynn. I spent most my time in his face and hair since I wanted to get as close as I could to the original look of the movie. I'm in love with the soft and painted look of Tangled!
4. Working on details in Flynn's clothing using the scratch brush to make sure I'm getting a lot of soft shading that still shows a bit of the brush work.
5. Shading Grumpy Cat and detailing. I didn't realize how detailed Rapunzel's dress was! I tried to emulate some of the embroidery on the dress but it's lost when zoomed out. I have a nasty habit of going overboard on details that only I will see
6. Background details and final touch ups on the tower.
7. Some additional lighting effects to bring out certain areas so they pop. Some quick adjustments to lighting and saturation and I'm done!
The last pane shows the brushes that did all the heavy lifting in this drawing. I use the scratch brush for all of the color blending and the hardliner for chiseling in the detail. The little example shows how these brushes behave with pen pressure on a tablet.
Created with Adobe Photoshop.
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KrossanHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the share, but I've got a question since I've seen it like when people do this kind of painting: How come the lineart of the characters suddenly "disappears". I mean, you must work with layers, I notice it since the background and the flat coloring of the characters (and the lineart is still there) but then when adding the shading... that's my question. Is it that you create another layer above the lineart and add the lights, shadows and texture or what?
I usually paint a layer of base color under the line art to establish all my primary shading. When I'm ready, I lighten up the line art layer and merge it into the color layer below it. Then I do my actual render/painting where I'm doing the detail work which includes folding that line art into the rest of the color. This makes the line art "disappear" essentially in the finished result
Aen-RivHobbyist Digital Artist
My goodness, the process is as hilarious and skillful as the result itself Amazing idea too!
Question on the coloring: did you block in the colors with the scratch brush as well? Looking at the tower, it seems it was a hard round with shape dynamics off and opacity turned down or set to pen pressure. Somehow this tower looks tasty...