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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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deadpooleyo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This is incredible! Thank you for sharing the process!
Javas Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional Artist
thank u!
poetique-justyze Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*gasp* This is stunning! So realistic and detailed for a cartoon (and my favorite turtle at that!) The technique looks fun....I think I may give it a try! ;-) Thanks for sharing!
Javas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Artist
My pleasure! Glad u like it!
TKGentry Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
When you merge in step 6 does the does the color just show up being on a lower layer?
Javas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Artist
well in the picture all those layers looks merged, but I never actually merge them
TKGentry Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah...    Did you just make the color layer visible to show the process then?  If so that makes sense.
tare-musume Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for showing this!
Javas Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Artist
my pleasure!
Fantiie Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  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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