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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.

The Specialists - 1 by chesterocampo
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.

The Specialists - 3 by chesterocampo
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.

The Specialists - 4 by chesterocampo
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

The Imaginary Friends are:

:iconimaginaryfs: :iconshern: :iconartgerm: :iconkunkka: :iconukitakumuki: :icontorei: :iconkingmong:
:iconjasonlan: :iconbenqwek: :iconscabrouspencil: :icondcwj: :iconmarcwashere: :iconwhoiszid: :iconpsychedelichic:
:iconsunnygho: :iconarf: :iconadmirawijaya: :iconsami-b: :iconerufan: :iconthegerjoos: :iconshuqing:
:iconkiiiat: :iconwraithdt: :iconchesterocampo: :iconyjianlong: :iconmischievousmartian: :iconpumpkinbear: :iconluches:
:iconsaktiisback: :iconharuningster: :iconhenryz: :iconmeisan: :icon2ngaw: :iconmarkovah: :iconanggasatriohadi:
: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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KouNaraishi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Awesome thanks! How is street fighter the third strike? ^^
saber-kite Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice. Your method is quite different from what I expected. At least I have an idea of how it goes. Thanks!
ultorgabrihel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
Galing! Thanks for that tutorial. I'm sure I'll find it very helpful. :D
RalphNiese Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
crazyness, but yep it helps ;)
Etsugua Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
The 3rd part is just awesome, I like it better than the finished version, but I'm weird :)

Great work through it all ;)
WotanaZ Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
oh god..
you make it sound sooo easy ..
do some more pieces like this please :P
GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for sharing that process with your viewers. It was very interesting to see your step-by-step process of rendering such beautiful art!
LeprechaunSmurf Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
Awesome work on this one!! I love seeing process of how things come together! =)
Silveraxe Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing the process!!
shern Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
you make it sound so easy but seriously i was watching your progress as you did it in studio and i have to say you really pushed yourself on this one. glad to see you challenging yourself.

by the way i followed your tutorial to the letter and still ended up with crap. there must be something you left out in the tutorial ;P
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