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This is just a quick layer layout of the progression of the
"slight" painting. About three hours. i know it's not even closed to a 'finished' level, but I do like to sketch, so that's that, you black hearted monkeys. If you are following shot by shot, you will see basically my quick sketch method is;

each on a new layer... well, because it's digital painting asshole, use it's assets...

quick digital line drawing

darks lay in

several multiply layers figuring out lighting

a color layer for a quick color pass

an opaque layer, where the real fun starts (use a big brush and lay that shit in quick and dirty, this is where the really arty gay shit comes in)

Bust out a couple more multiply or color layers, to fine tune your color shifts and lighting.

pepper in some opaque layers, feel free to tranform things, as I did with the breasts and legs to get them to feel a little more natural, (again, it's digital, so why the hell not!?)

finish up with some quick opaque highlights, and some soft shifts in atmospheric perspective, and you've got a quick and dirty figure painting! TADA!
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:iconrisk0:
risk0 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial :)
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RamsesMelendez Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Great steps!
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ivanalexander Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
haha wonderfull :D i gonna go thru a painting with your tecnique and se if i get it.. what im most intrested about is the coloring teq. I mostly use the "layerblendning"thing. (or whats it called in english.)
well , love the way u describe how its done haha!.. btw wonderfull gallery . you are a great inspiration m8!
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mrvo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
I love this step by step images, they gave so much richness and information, Im not so much into the painter and works like ouyrs keep me going to improve my color technique

Thanks a lot for sharing this with us :boogie:
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:iconoleolah:
oleolah Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for these free master class lesson! :)
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ecclaed Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have been in a big creative slump lately, and for the longest time I wanted to color something in photoshop (got the stupid pentablet 'n everything) but I was too intimidated. I've been using photoshop for a while so I know all about the layers, multiply/screen effects and what not. So suddenly I started painting (more cartoony-like though, still keeping the lines as an overlay). I will try to do something more painterly soon.

I am so friggin happy you posted this. I never thought of using a grayscale as a startup but I can see how that can be immensely helpful--as you say, keep the values even. In traditional work I build up tones. I feel kinda stupid for not thinking that for digital.

Did you use a particular brush for this? It looks like one of the flat brushes. Any kind of particular brush you'd recommend a n00b like me using?

I'm starting to understand how you're getting that awesome lighting in your work. I always envied the "ease" in your paintings. Blah! I need to practice drawing more dynamically, too... but I have no people to abduct to serve my purposes.

Your drawings are great; you use lines simply and very effectively. Anyway, I am done glorifying you. I am going to continue my sleepless night. :D

Thanks, Z!!!
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007  Professional Artist
Hey hey hey. Slumps are tough, chica, I know your pain. If I've got an initial sketch or drawing, I often start out doing an 'underpainting' where you still see the lines. What I suggest is, changing the color of the lines into something that would be more analogous to your color scheme. Like black into red, for skin, or something... this is a good start to begin implementing color and value to replacing obvious lines in your painting.

As for the brush, I simply created a rectangle with a marquee tool, and filled it with black, and turned it into a brush. Quick and dirty flats! Experiment with brush effects in the Brush control dialogue box... good stuff in there.

Keep up the practicing, and stop by any time, if you've got some questions or anything.
Thanks for visiting!
Z
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Nosferatu-Iddi Featured By Owner May 8, 2007
This is awesome. Really teaches me a lot :)
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:iconizzymedrano:
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner May 8, 2007  Professional Artist
Excellent. Glad to help!
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Nosferatu-Iddi Featured By Owner May 8, 2007
:)
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orochimon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
you are a genius, i`ll watch ya, you got a new fan.
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007  Professional Artist
thanks!
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mkiko Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007
that is so usefull
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ShaaaA Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
nice work :D
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:icondeafmusic:
deafmusic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awsome....thanks for the advise i am just busting into wacom from pencil and paper... and any help is apreciated.......your paintings are great
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BosnianWrist Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006
Impressive as a illustrator seems you got your shit down packed!
Are there occasions you would use a brush to paint or
do you always use the a computer ?
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:iconizzymedrano:
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2006  Professional Artist
I love painting analog. I guess I paint more comfortably on the compy now, but when I am practicing, or doing life painting, I always go back to my old brushes.
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BosnianWrist Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2006
Thanks ,i was just wondering i want to start using color in my work i've been experimenting with copic markers(great markers) but not sure of the of the advantages disadvantages of brush vs computer(i have photoshop cs) my impression is both are just diffrent in nature and seems like its better to have an understanding of COLOR by using brush as a fundamental (understanding color, design,composition) then move on to computer when mastered.
i think.
Only been drawing 7 yrs now time to push it, and your work is pretty awesome
love a critique form ya on my work tell me what you think and any improvements
that might help.
sincerly
A black hearted monkey
b.w.
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2006  Professional Artist
I don't know if I am the guy to go to for a critique for your work. It's more abstract, where I come from a more traditional western painting and drawing system. If anything, I'd say you are pretty dependant on texture to make you images capture the eye. It might be interesting to experiment with other methods of creation. I totally feel the whole sketching while you are on the phone type thing, and just kind of letting the pen describe everything with pattern and such, but I don't know if it's the best place to start with for looking for improvements.

If anything, I'd say get your basics in. Form, Volume, Shape, Line. Learn how to describe different objects, and whatnot. Trust me, it may seem a pain, but having a great understanding of HOW to draw and paint traditionally can ONLY make your work more BAD ASS! Take a look at guys like Dali, or Picasso. They were amazing at traditional styles, and when the applied the knowledge learned to their crazy interests, BAM, genius. See?

As for color and whether or not to go digital or analog... well. You are right. It is about understanding color, and color theory. Get books on those things, and no matter what the medium, you'll notice improvement. Good luck, mang.
Z-out.
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Ms-lovis Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
thank you so much for this piece.
so is here where the magic begins?.. great!!!
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:iconizzymedrano:
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Artist
Where it begins and stays! ^_^
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TheABones Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
this turned out really nice! its always great to see peoples process. so thanks for sharing i guess
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:iconizzymedrano:
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Artist
sweet, glad it was of interest. ^_^
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EvieLevens Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
Ah, great! Now I can get an idea of how you made this masterpiece :D
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:iconizzymedrano:
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Artist
^_^
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dopepope Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
the work is great. The mean spirited, angry tutorial is even better, tho a touch vague. Very funny tho. I do enjoy these, to learn something new.
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Artist
well, for vagueness, I sort of am assuming a fair understanding of fotoshop. Beyond anything super basic, what can I clear up? And the hate filled descriptions are what keep me friendless but laughing in this wacky life we live!
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ahgrafx Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
nice, i like to see the process
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trooperT Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
nice tips, maybe ill get some think i like done from this guide. and yet more fine art work well done!!
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drlew Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
yo. I'm not sure if seeing how you work or reading your step-by-step is more useful. this is such a different approach than my single layer paint then smudge the crap out of it approach.

so i'll go for it today, maybe I'll start to like the results more.

Thanks
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:iconizzymedrano:
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Artist
Use a medium for it's assets. Do not Work against it. If you like watery ethereal looks, use watercolors, if you like thick impasto painting, oils! Use it for what it is. That's one of the more common mistakes I see. It is NEVER cheating to use a tool in the most efficient way it was intended to be used. Layers are key to fast painting, because you don't have to commit to shit. Just lay it down, lay some more down, do some more... don't like it... drop them back... or lower the opacity... or delete or erase just parts. It's totally logical. Paint logically, and it'll work with you! ^_^
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drlew Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
true true, I agree. We make our own rules. Unfortunately, most rules we place on ourselves are too rigid. Lately, I've been using the smudge tool as much as the paintbrush, and it does not work well for me in multiple layers. Smudging the void spaces in multi layers gives wierd results.

I've got to figure something out soon. My painted work is lacking 'pop'. It seems flat, stiff. I like my other work with fractal roots. They're more photo manip's without using photos. They have a wow factor that my drawings and paintings do not. It must be a matter of lack of patience, moving on to something new every night.

Oh well, poor me. bla bla bla Thanks for the helpful input. I'm gonna examine your step-by-step a little more.

over and out
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Artist
smudge tool needs pixels to work from the way to solve this I believe would be to when you FIRST make your multiply layer, fill it with white, and then paint your darks into that. Then pixels will be there, all though invisible. I think that'll solve your problem.

to get more punch, don't commit too quickly. Keep your initial sketches loose and airy, and try to not cover up that quality with the rendering part of the painting. Often times, people make GENIUS marks, with their sketches, and then end up second guessing themselves. Getting better only means being better at knowing when to leave shit the FUCK alone. you know?

Peace man, hope those suggestions help.
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west-fall- Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
This is cool--very helpful to a digital painter.
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Artist
always glad to help!
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BarbaPappa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
Looks really really cool man! Just kinda like the face a bit more in the unrefined ones. Though I just cant say that I do not like it... ...mainly cuz I do. Looks great. Dig the colors fulltime. Great job.
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:iconizzymedrano:
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Artist
Sweet, thanks for stoppin by.
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ArtbyZaheroux Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006   Traditional Artist
I love seeing WIPs of work. Especially of figures since I just finished my Life Drawing class.
Wonderful work!
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:iconizzymedrano:
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006  Professional Artist
THank you very much! I hope it helps!
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janaschi Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you a lot for this step-by-step. I love to see how other artist working.
I always had a problem when i start in greyscale to color the picture, The colors are never that what I want and i have to paintover it million times ;.;
the green and red in her skin is fabulous!
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Artist
I dig your paintings a lot! I'm really glad that you found it interesting. The whole grey scale thing I find pretty useful, for making sure my actual values are more accurate. Since I am a colourwhore, I have to back off at the beginning, and ensure it'll read alright
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AbdDevil Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
Cool Cool Keep going :D
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msandborn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006   Digital Artist
no ones commented? f. this is great stuffs. Sigh i went over something like this in my concept design class, some peeps didn't like it cus it was time consuming. 3 hours? feh. that's good stuffs. :)
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