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Animated Ebil Work in Progress by PeteMohrbacher Animated Ebil Work in Progress by PeteMohrbacher
This gif is made up of 7 steps:

1. I always start with a sketch. I delete the white from the original scan using an excessively complex technique. I create a new layer below it and use a very warm grey instead.

2. I want the monster to be mostly green, so I paint in a solid silhouette of dark green. This is usually called a ground layer. I keep my ground color dark most of the time because I like to paint dark to light.

3. My favorite step. I apply and blend in some lighter tones to sculpt the figure. I simply left all the area I didn't feel like doing dark and unfinished..

4. I used a huge brush to start to compose a background to emphasize the parts worth looking at and hide the unfinished crap.

5. I add in a photo of a concrete over the BG layer and set its blending mode to overlay.

6. I took a large brush and painted in some more emphasis over the top on a couple of new layers.

7. I changed the blending mode to one of the layers I just mentioned to soft light to let more of the texture through. I also added a color balance adjustment layer to tweek the colors and contrast.
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:icondragonscythe:
DragonScythe Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
Nice work here!=D
Got a curious question though... -why did you remove the "finished" Ebil?!:confused:
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DSil Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007  Student General Artist
Ya know when you see a magic trick, and then think "Woah, how'd he do that? That's incredible!" Yeah, that's pretty much this.
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palau Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007
Brilliant.
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zemotion Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Professional Photographer
wooh nice. the animation's abit too fast though. would love to see a all step image one by one :P
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quandry247 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007   Digital Artist
cheers fella
your work is ace, and it's always good to sit n listen at the feet of masters.

duplicating techniques, now that just takes practice. damnit. ::wry half smile::
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susamikat Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
Very cool and useful. I've painted and shaded from dark to light before in traditional mediums, but, for some reason, it never crossed my mind to do the same with my digital paintings. o___O Anyway, great WIP/tutorial thing and, to save me some time and you some inbox space, I won't post on the actual piece and just say great job on the image itself here. ^__^
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Hiuki Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
Thankyou :D

I've been trying something similar, but this explains a lot I've missed :S

thankyou for showing us this :)
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JGarrington Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's awesome, I love seeing that animation of the buildup technique.
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head-launch Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
thanx for the explanation
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CRGuardian Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
That's freaking awesome!!! WOW!!!
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willdraw4food Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
see, this is why your in my faves...you draw really cool stuff AND you talk about how you did it.




did you take classes to learn all of this stuff? or did you just learn over time?
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MincedNiku Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
Is there a reason you use an "excessively complex technique" or was that sarcasm? 8D

Nice animation, love how you add the lighting, though I think I liked it better before you greatly saturated the greens. Green is a delicate color, you know.
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PeteMohrbacher Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I started wanting to abuse greens because of Christopher Shy's work. I need to stop ripping that guy off.

I've been meaning to post a tutorial on how I remove white from lineart. I am confident it is the best meathod for doing so, but it leaves most people scratching their heads. It takes 2 seconds to do it. But it can take up to 1/2 hour to do a live demo that anyone is capable of remembering.
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MincedNiku Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
Haha. The only way I know of is hitting that little dotted circle in Photoshop to select all the white then delete it, but you have to brush back over the lines to thicken 'em up again. That the same way? I've tried explaining that to people and they never get it either.
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PeteMohrbacher Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Dotted circle? Which tool are you refering to?
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MincedNiku Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
It's not a tool, guess that's not the same way you do it. In the Channels window, at the bottom, there's a litle circle "Load channel as selection", and after you've changed the mode to Greyscale, you click that and it'll select all the white. Then you hit delete, deselect everything, click the "save transparency" on the Layers window, then take a large paintbrush and just go over the lineart to darken/thicken the lines back up. It's pretty simple, but can be confusing for people to understand/remember at first.
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PeteMohrbacher Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
If you are working on a PC, you can press ctrl+alt+` to make the exact same selection. And you can shorten the process even more by hitting alt+backspace to make and instant fill instead of using a brush. That is how I do it. ^__^
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MincedNiku Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
Why, that's brilliant. 8D Thank you!
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PeteMohrbacher Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Fun huh? Try explaining it to a person barely grasps layers. You can hear the wizzing sound of it going over their heads. *whoooooosh!*
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failstarforever Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the tut. Yea, there are small differences in workflow, but as GunnerRomantic stated...yours are more solidified.
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GunnerRomantic Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
We work in similar ways, although the consistency of your rendering leads me to believe that you are more assured in your technique than I.

...Bugmeyer? Bugmeyeresque? Q'est-ce que c'est?
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PeteMohrbacher Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
There are very few pics that I have ever felt assured of my consistency. I think it is more of an acceptance of insecurity if anything.

I think just about every painterly digital artist works in a similar way. Just about everyone who is self taught eventually divines something similar becuase it is a very fast and easy way to work. Took me a couple years to piece it together though...
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cypherx Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooh good work so far!
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mishinsilo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
ohhh nice!
this is always nice to see=)
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MonsieurRat Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
Wow, that's two WIPs just popping up in my DevWatch. Fun stuff. Hope I'll be able to use what I learn!
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ArtisticSchmidt Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
Very cool!
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Maw123 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thats really cool.
its great to see how your work develops, from just flat dark tones to high lights, really cool man
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