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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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darnel25 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thanks for sharing. This is great work.
KingPuddinArt Featured By Owner 2 days ago
So do you set the flats layer to multiply so it absorbs the shades/lights?
Phemicos Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Woooouuh, nice work. I loved the ninja turtles movies as kid.
I watched them over and over again. Thanks for that nostalgic feeling. :)
Javas Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Artist
ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool!
Javas Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Artist
eriwib Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tnx a lot for sharing this... rly gr8 and ofc loooove your style. 
Need to work on textures, but rly good idea to do the shade and lights before mergin the colors, I'll try it out nxt time
Javas Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Artist
3InkSheep Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, this is amazing! Do you have any tips regarding the shading and lighting steps? I find it really difficult to get these stages to blend and look right. 

Just amazing work though, absolutely stunning. 
Javas Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Artist
play with the flow and the oppacitty of the brushes, and with the pen pressure!
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