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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 don´t 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 don´t 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 line´s 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 don´t 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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Moltres27 6 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
can you please please please tell me with what brush and tablet settings you make the lines, they are so smooth!
ForestTraveler Apr 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Seeing other people's work process is really interesting and helpful. Also, the finished piece is great and really captures a mood.
wotofock Mar 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
Awesome WIP, I have to try.
I have a question... how did you choose the colors of your lights and shadows ?
Is there any important things to know about the choice of colors of the lights and shadows to have better blending effect ? Or you're just like "Ok I want a warm light so I picked up a yellowish white and so my shadow is a cool grey... ? :D

Thanks again for this WIP. :)
ChibikkodeNiten Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this process :D
miri-chiwa Mar 11, 2014   Digital Artist
Muchas gracias por compartir tus técnicas mágicas!!!
Adrianohq Mar 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Really fantastic man, I'm studing digital color now, and your tutorial is very great for me..i'm a noob :P, if you have some vídeos I really like to see.

Javas Mar 10, 2014  Professional Artist
I dont have any, just the wips in my gallery! thanks!
yeaaah. Super travail !
So , a few questions ... did you have livestream or any video on youtube perhaps ?
And can you describe how do you do for this two step : shadow and light . More details.
'scuse my english but my spanish is not more good too ...
Javas Feb 27, 2014  Professional Artist
hahaha ur english is fine no prob! Nope I dont have any video, and the I do the shading with regular photshop brushes, no mistery at all!
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