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March 29, 2007
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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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DragonScythe Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
Nice work here!=D
Got a curious question though... -why did you remove the "finished" Ebil?!:confused:
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.
palau Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007
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
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::
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. ^__^
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 :)
JGarrington Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's awesome, I love seeing that animation of the buildup technique.
head-launch Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
thanx for the explanation
CRGuardian Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
That's freaking awesome!!! WOW!!!
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