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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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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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toast-i 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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