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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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:icongus-ms:
gus-ms Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
this is amazing! The shades and lights step blows my mind!! I wish there was a speeded up video of it :D Congratulations, great work!!
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconyasashiibisky000:
YasashiiBisky000 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! It really helps!
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Artist
my pleasure!
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:iconrebellinglemming:
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this!
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Artist
my pleasure!
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EdoOnline Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love to see the process of your works! It's soooo helpful.
Just a couple of question: do you totally erase the lines in (2) before the end or you just smooth/color them?
What brushes did you use for this!
Thanks mate.
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Artist
you can find all the answer to this in the comment section ;)

Thanks!
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:icondnimll:
dnimll Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting way to work, I may give this a shot sometime :D
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Artist
U should! Dont forget to share it once finished! ;)
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:icong-haze:
g-haze Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Lines and flats, yep, not fun.

this looks great, maybe I should actually try to do the lighting in my stuff...
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks a lot! yeah give it a try!
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:iconjinghu:
JINGHU Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Get a new way!
I will try . THANKS!
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Artist
My pleasure! 
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:icondarnel25:
darnel25 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Thanks for sharing. This is great work.
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Artist
My pleasure! 
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KingPuddinArt Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
So do you set the flats layer to multiply so it absorbs the shades/lights?
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:iconphemicos:
Phemicos Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Woooouuh, nice work. I loved the ninja turtles movies as kid.
I watched them over and over again. Thanks for that nostalgic feeling. :)
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconartbrojohn:
ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool!
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconeriwib:
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
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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:icon3inksheep:
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. 
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:iconjavas:
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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:icon3inksheep:
3InkSheep Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Easier said than done haha! The blending isn't so bad, it's just knowing what values to put and where that's the hard bit, especially if it's from imagination. :o
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MMStudiotrademark Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist
I hope you don't mind except I love your art so much I have been sharing it with a friend of mine who I am teaching how to draw on facebook. She likes your work too by the way.
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Artist
hey! no prob, glad u guys like it!
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:iconart-is-a-explosion:
Art-is-a-Explosion Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really amazing work and an original way of work! A (stupid) question though: Do you use directly the final result of 4 to do your 5?
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Artist
exactly! a question is never stupid! Glad u dig!
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:iconart-is-a-explosion:
Art-is-a-Explosion Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, keep up the good work :)
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MannysWorld Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey your work flow is amazing!!!!

I looked over the picture and the many comments. Looks like you turn off the flats layer, set your BG as and do the shading on multiply mode.Then you do the lighting and turn the flats layer back on? Is this correct. Also what color do you use for shading purple.
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Artist
exactly! just a low saturated purple
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:iconmannysworld:
MannysWorld Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One follow up question if you don't mind. I am having issue finding a good grey to set for the background to start shading. Usually the shading comes out too dark. Any suggestions?
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:iconyesuifegnand:
yesuifegnand Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Increible tutorial. Gracias por el aporte. :)
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Artist
gracias a ti! ^^ 
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:icondissizithawaii:
dissizithawaii Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for sharing, your work is absolute!
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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:icondeadpooleyo:
deadpooleyo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This is incredible! Thank you for sharing the process!
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional Artist
thank u!
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:iconpoetique-justyce:
poetique-justyce 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!
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Artist
My pleasure! Glad u like it!
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:icontkgentry:
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?
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Artist
well in the picture all those layers looks merged, but I never actually merge them
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:icontkgentry:
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.
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:icontare-musume:
tare-musume Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for showing this!
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Artist
my pleasure!
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:iconfantiie:
Fantiie Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  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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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Artist
I am sorry I am afraid I didnt do any
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Nightphoenix2 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  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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