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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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:iconburning-heart-brony:
Burning-Heart-Brony Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Boy, this answers a load of questions, thank you for making this!
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Javas Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Professional Artist
glad you liked it!
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Lirael42 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Me encanta! Mi proceso de trabajo es parecido al tuyo, tambien hago colores planos y sombras y luces en capas separadas (y suelo hacer las sombras en lila y las luces en amarillo xD) y sin embargo el resultado poco tiene que ver xD
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Javas Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Professional Artist
he visto trabajo! buenisimo!
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Lirael42 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
OMG! Gracias! Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] A mi me encanta tu trabajo! Es genial y personal tu estilo! :)
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jillamos Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Student Filmographer
Thanks Javas for this amazing work through! I've read through all of these pages of comments so I hope this question hasn't been asked:

You clearly have had years of practice experimenting with lights/shadows in your work. I see a lot of subtle things like rim lighting here that makes Donatello pop. I've had difficulty understanding this so my work tends to look flat.

How did you began to fully understand lighting? Do you still use references? Did you study and draw a lot of still life objects?
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Javas Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Professional Artist
Glad you dig this one!

honestly, I very far from fully understand lighting, in art you never stop learning. Specially if you are self taught as my self

I never use references, which probably is a mistake, Im sure it would things a lot easier. Life drawing is the best practice you could ever do, I wish I had the time to invest on it
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pmez Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015   Digital Artist
Your lines is always black? or do you color it ? ^^
I'm impatient to see an another vidéo process on your youtube channel :)
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Javas Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Professional Artist
always black, I just turn the opacity down ;) 
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pmez Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot dude !! your lineart is so cleeeeeaaan ^^ Do you think to do another video process soon ? your pirate is so cool ^^
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WHPLEFCT Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is pretty much the perfect rendering tutorial. Gonna hang on to this~
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Javas Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Professional Artist
Thanks! :D
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fenixfutura Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
Hola Javi, no se si te acordaras de mi, me llamo Pilar y soy dibujante, tengo una hernia cervical y me molesta cuando dibujo en manual pero no en digital, estoy intentando colorear mis tintas con photoshop pero soy nueva en esto, suelo colorear mis ilustraciones con artrage, pero mis tintas las quiero hacer mas planas.Tienes fb para poder hablar contigo?si me pudieras aconsejar tutoriales oa algo te estaria muy agradecida.
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Javas Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Professional Artist
Hola! Claro q me acuerdo!Hace un monton q no t veia x aqui! Pues no tengo FB, debo ser de los pocos jajaja
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ykeproblematenemos Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Muchas gracias
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Javas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Professional Artist
:D
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pmez Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015   Digital Artist
hey, it's awesome. Do you paint all flat color on the same layer ? or one color (or element ), on one layer? because if you paint all flat on same layer when you want to change the color of one element, it isn't simple ^^
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Javas Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Professional Artist
you can select every color easily with the wand tool and 0% tolerance set, that way it will just select that color you are clicking into. Anyways, lately, I rather do every single flat color on a separated layer
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pmez Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the reply ( and sorry for the late ^^) 
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Goldfinch23 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student
Awesome!! :)
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Javas Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Professional Artist
thanks!
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ark17 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
can you make a tutorial just for the shade step? it is so hard and I'm not sure I understand haha
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KitHeartAnime Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
patrick gasp for the whole time I'm trying to study your artwork
It's very amazing! I love it love it LOVE IT!
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Javas Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Professional Artist
Thank u very much!!
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KitHeartAnime Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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rbl3d Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
¿El paso de las luces no está hecho sobre el de las sombras?

¡Buen trabajo por cierto!
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Javas Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Professional Artist
no, es aparte. gracias!
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Sweat-pants Featured By Owner Edited Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great! Could you fill me in on the grey a little please Though? I have a hard time trying to understand that. Going from the grey to color is something I've always tried to do but I never seem to do it right so I just use color.
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Javas Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Artist
the grey is just the layer in multiply mode, Flat colors are on another layer, so there isnt such transition, they are 2 layers apart. Thanks!
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Sweat-pants Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay I'll try that out. Thanks for the reply and yours is an inspiration! Nice work.
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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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Javas Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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larnacy 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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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this!
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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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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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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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Javas Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Artist
U should! Dont forget to share it once finished! ;)
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g-haze Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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Javas Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks a lot! yeah give it a try!
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JINGHU Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Get a new way!
I will try . THANKS!
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Javas Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Artist
My pleasure! 
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darnel25 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Thanks for sharing. This is great work.
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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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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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Javas Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool!
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