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PROCESS: The Specialists

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 26, 2008, 7:31 AM
You asked for it! (well, some of you, anyway)

Hi, guys. :)

Recently, I've had a lot of inquiries regarding my work process. And although this journal is anything but comprehensive, I thought it would be worth sharing anyway, to appease some of you curious minds. I don't usually work this way, it actually depends on what type of illustration / comic / subject matter I'm working on.

This image was created using Adobe Photoshop CS2 and a Wacom Intuos 3, at 300 dpi on an A4 canvas. It was completed in roughly 24 hours, spread across 3 days. A bit slow, I admit. That's what I get for not having a definite work process to stick to (although working on this did give me a few ideas on that...). And for not having a clear idea of what I wanted for the image.

When I first started with the image, I had no idea of what the final outcome would look like. All I knew was that I wanted a girl, a guy, guns, and blades. Danger, a hint of action, tension. And with inspiration coming in different forms, no matter how absurd or simplistic, this was as good a starting point as any. Besides, I just wanted to draw a finished piece so bad.

The Specialists - 0 by chesterocampo
I sketched out some silhouettes. At this early stage, my only concern was the composition.

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Once I settled the composition, I put in rough values using varying degrees of gray. Then I made a rough color guide using gradients with a few select colors. This color guide is the topmost layer, set on the layer blending option overlay.

The Specialists - 2 by chesterocampo
Time to put in rough details on the subjects. All colors assigned to the characters were picked from the canvas and adjusted slightly, according to my preferences. This ensures that the subjects will match with the background later on.

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Based on the rough details and character color guides, I proceed to smoothen out and create fine details in certain areas. The character renderings are not finalized yet, but they're nearly done.

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Now it's time to move on to the background. Based on the intial rough guide, I create a more refined structure for the background, blocking in all the basic shapes. Along the way, I also add more detail to the characters; they're close to finished.

The Specialists - 5 by chesterocampo
I continue refining the background by adding textures to it (photographs I took and textures I created using custom brushes and filters). At this point, the rendering part is finished.

The Specialists by chesterocampo
The last step, a step I haven't done much until recently, is applying treatment on the image. I added a subtle texture on top of the rendered image, a few filters here and there, darkening some parts and lightening up other areas. Also, using the color balance image adjustment tool, I amped up the red, which the image seems to have lost in the rendering process. There, done! Hooray!

I hope that helps. :)

Later, y'all! :D

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:iconhendryzero: :iconifan80: :iconplue:
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Sweet Soul Revue - Pizzicato Five
  • Reading: Hardboiled Wonderland - Haruki Murakami
  • Playing: Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
  • Eating: Maccas
  • Drinking: Coke
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GXP92 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Nice tut,but it will take a while to get anything as good as this.It all comes down to the individual skills.I cant make anything like this anytime soon lol skills kinda low
DampBun Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
OMG I forgot to say, I will feature a link to your Journal in my next deviation ^^ I still don't have alot of pageviewers, but I'm sure it will help you a lill ;)
DampBun Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
I don't know if you're going to read this comment, but I wanted to say thank you for showing this *I don't know what it is called* on your journal ! It really really helped me to improve my drawing technique and I wanted to say thanks for publishing your ''Work In Progress''?? If I can call it that way. Because right now I'm working on a piece and I try to use your technique, and it works wonders for me ! Really it helped me.

Soo yeah thank you !!
nenee Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:clap::heart::star::clap::heart::star::clap::heart::star::clap::heart::star::clap::heart::star::clap::heart::star::clap::heart::star::clap::heart::star::clap::heart::star: Magnifique!:star:
crazy4coral Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
markraffy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
dez Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Thanks for sharing man!
kyubisharingan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
do you use the smudge tool to blend the colors?
tarushiru Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
hanep talaga, parekoy! :worship:

masubukan nga... sana di masyado mahirap gawin kung naka-mouse lang... :XD:
morganagod Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm going to try this technique with my next painting. Thanks alot. I always enjoy learning new things.
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