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Donatello WIP by Javas Donatello WIP by Javas
I promised a few deviations ago to do a work process with one of the angry birds I drew for the StreetFightbirds piece. But I decided to do it with the Donatello drawing I submitted yesterday:

1. Sketch: This one is not the first sketch I did, its a cleaned one. Once Im happy with the drawing I erase lines here and there to clean it a bit
2. Final Lines: I hate this step, since lines are almost invisible at the end of the piece, I donīt know why the hell I keep doing it. Yeah, Im that dumb. Anyway, as you can see, lines here are even less detailed than in the skecth , specially in the areas that I decide to define with colors (like in the folds of the elbow patch, the mask, belt and so on). I donīt intend to make them look cool or great, they are more a guide than anything else.
3. Flats: Not much to say. I try to be careful with the color filling, because lineīs opacity is very low, and they take the colors of the layer below. I also hate this step.
4. Shades: Now we are talking! This is FUN! Several layers in multiply mode. Painted them with the regular soft and hard photoshop brushes
5. Lights: lots of layers in different blending modes: overlay (my fav), screen, hard light, etc.. Glowings here and there, and its done. I used the spatter brush, because it gives a nice texture to it
6. Merged layers: This is not a step itself, I just added it to show how the picture looks at this point
7. Textures: I usually donīt texturize  my drawings at all. But this one asked for it, so I used different stock textures Ive found around the internet, with veeeery low opacitties, mixing several blending modes. I also added different tones in skin, bandages and leather. I worked this step with lots of different brushes, but again, I mainly used the Spatter brush.
8. Final: BG is pretty simple, it was done very fast. I just painted an overhead light with soft brushes, and used a random sewer pic with super low opacity and a big gaussian blur behind everything. I also did a few color balance tweaks to make Donatello blend with the BG and thats all!

Hope this helps a bit. Feel free to ask anything!

Don by Javas
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Fantiie Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am so sorry to annoy you but can you find a tutorial that explain the lights ''tricks'' deeper.
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Nightphoenix2 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Cool. I know #8 is the final,...but what do you do to it? Just make sure everything's overall "straight"? What would you label different in it. It still looks different from 7. Even the more shadows and textures seem to be lightly applied to the final touch up.
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Javas Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Artist
Yeah in 8 I added the Bg and some minor tweaks, maybe some level adjustments too
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That-one-gal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Thanks for the look inside this!  It's always fun to see how something was made. :)
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Javas Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Artist
My pleasure!
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Yasasu Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This tutorial is by far the best! tha steps looks simple, but of course the technique and practice make the diference. Thanks for share this :)
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Javas Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank u!
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Yasasu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yo creo que estoy haciendo algo mal. CUando doy las sombras estas quedan demasiado quemadas y luego del color ya se pone muy saturado. Que estoy haciendo mal?
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wimpy80 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the insight on your process. Just wondering how long it took to complete all stages?
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Javas Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Artist
It depends on the piece, but its a pretty fast technique
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