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A piece I did for a magazine 6 months ago. Maybe you find it useful to read how I approach something like that.


When I approach a complex painting I always try to think several steps ahead to figure
out the easiest and fastest way to my desired goal. So for this task I want to paint a viking
ship figurehead with a variety of materials. I also want it to have different and interesting
colors and patterns and place it in a atmospheric setting. Painting these ideas all at once
would be a real pain. So how to approach it? Splitting all tasks in little digestible bits of
course.
So I start off with the drawing, where I just focus on composition and design. It doesn’t
has to be too clean, but the more design questions I answer at this point the less I have to
work on the design later on.
After that I’ll block in the most important shapes on separate layers and lock the
transparency. This way I can go wild with my brushes but will always maintain a clean
shape.
Now that I got my shapes I start adding color. Just pick the ones I need and put it in
without thinking about light and shadow.
After that I get to the light and mood part. I use layer modes and brush modes like color dodge,
multiply, lighten, etc. I establish all light sources and start rendering the materials like I
think they would react to them.
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:icontexangelnoel:
texangelnoel Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017
thank you!
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:iconunify01:
Unify01 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017
so good!!! 
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:iconmagicaman:
magicaman Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thats amazing
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:iconrebellinglemming:
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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LauraBevon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Professional
wah the light on his "neck" ! This painterly style is great. You really master tons of different technics/approaches, that's nice, keep making great art ! :)
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shy4 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
it's a really stunning piece. unusual approach to the viking theme i shall say - i love that with only clues left by you we can make a story! and al these bloodthirsty vikings hidden beneath mist, so cool!!
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:iconyakonusuke:
yakonusuke Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Happy to hear you enjoy it!
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:iconrebellinglemming:
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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:iconyakonusuke:
yakonusuke Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconbiwervincent:
BiwerVincent Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I really love this one. 
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:iconyakonusuke:
yakonusuke Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear!
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:iconururuty:
Ururuty Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
awesome light
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:iconyakonusuke:
yakonusuke Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmaxa-art:
Maxa-art Featured By Owner Edited Nov 29, 2015  Professional Artist
You applied colors directly ?

A lot of artists starts with grayscale to get the volume first but I often have problems while transitioning from grayscale from colors, it usually doesn't look that good.

Anyway, great piece, I like how you painted the distinct materials.
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Well, you gave the reason for my approach yourself! :)
Thank you!
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irismuddy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Filmographer
suuuuper helpful thank you :) beautiful result too
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:iconyakonusuke:
yakonusuke Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Not a problem, Iris! And thanks to you!
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:iconinkyh:
Inkyh Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Remember this one from the magazine, awesome stuff! :)
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:iconyakonusuke:
yakonusuke Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! It was unfortunately a bit cropped, so this here is the full experience. ^^
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J-AXR Featured By Owner Edited Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't believe how perfect this image is.
You're one of my favourite artists on Deviantart. You're a huge inspiration and I hope I'll reach your level of drawing one day.
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:iconyakonusuke:
yakonusuke Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Aww thank you for the warm words!
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Entropician Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
welcome back man, amazing as usual, I totally love that flahs of light on the "neck" of the dragon, great atmospehre and use of easy solhuette for suggest a big emotion! wunderbar!
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:iconyakonusuke:
yakonusuke Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! Not back though, just posting old stuff... working my ass off for clients and no time for my own stuff. But I'll be back for real eventually!
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Entropician Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
got it dude, oh well, I wait your new stuff as usual;)
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
Thank you so much for that detailed description, and for sharing this wonderful piece.
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:iconyakonusuke:
yakonusuke Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You are very welcome!
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Macumazahn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's a very interesting way to aproach complex surfaces, I have to give it a try.
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:iconyakonusuke:
yakonusuke Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
There are many ways to achieve this, but it's always nice to see how others to it and refine your own workflow.
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:iconghotire:
Ghotire Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant!
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:iconyakonusuke:
yakonusuke Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Sabine62 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
Love it! :heart: (In particular the light halfway:))
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:iconyakonusuke:
yakonusuke Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Happy to hear, Sabine!
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Sabine62 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
:) Mit aller freude, Jakob!
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