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GvS Process Part I by Tabnir GvS Process Part I by Tabnir

I do get a few requests for process/walkthroughs; normally I just paint on a single layer, or if I do use a few I constantly flatten and forget to do screencaps along the way. I ended working on GvS in all its 70-something layers of lulz to make this.

I suppose it counts as a tutorial, but I'm really not trying to teach anything. If anything, this ought to be a deterrent! I'm a clumsy painter and I'm sure none of you want to go through such a convoluted process.

As for tools: Just a brush and eraser. No filters, no smudge/blur etc.
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Marinau Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesomeee *-*
icando87 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just want to say "WOW".
Thank you for sharing. :)

Klaustrophil Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
This is helpful - thanks for sharing your process Tabnir. But let me ask me one question: Your linework/sketch (panel 1-4) is in your workflow more an aid to orientation, yes? You don`t intend to keep the linework intact, yes? Those questions are maybe naive but I`m new into digital painting and I`ve been painting either with intact linework or without relying on lines. I am going to simulate your technicc (but not copying) and I`m very thankful for the effort you put into this tutorial man. Keep up the good work - your progress is inspiring and I will reach your skills one day.
Tabnir Featured By Owner May 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah that's pretty much it.
Mahico Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
I'm shocked man - u are the best!!!
therealklausio Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
very impressive. Do you sketch digital or with pencils?
Tabnir Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012   Digital Artist
I like sketching with pencil more.
LordDonovan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Always nice to see some process, especially when it's as much the creative process as the technical.

If you don't mind though, I have one kinda technical question. Starting from panel 3, the original sketch lines on Spectre get more and more obscured and are pretty much gone by panel 7. Especially in panel 5, it looks like you may have been painting over them. So my question is, what did you do to the original sketch layer? I've seen some process videos/explanations before where it also seems like the sketch layer might have gotten merged down at some point instead of floating over it all, and I gotta figure out this mystery once and for all.
Tabnir Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011   Digital Artist
It's more about the requirements of the piece; ex., you really don't want to flatten onto a scan if you need to paint something with a transparent bg. Beyond that it really doesn't matter what you do since the final image will always be flat, so just do whatever fits into your workflow.

I usually flatten to keep things simple, but for this one I didn't flatten anything because I needed to preserve the different stages.
LordDonovan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
So if you didn't merge the line layer, you were gradually covering it up while keeping it separate? Personally, whether I use lines or not in the final image, the most I mess with them in the coloring stage is moving stuff or turning the whole layer on and off to check things. So I don't quite understand why it looks like you were slowly obscuring them bit by bit in those earlier steps, especially if they were still sitting on a separate layer from the coloring. The sketch lines look like they're getting painted over along with everything else on the color layer. By panel 7 it looks like the only lines left are the ones on Spectre's head and they look like they're a part of the colors from then on.

Sorry if I sound obsessed about this, but getting that more... I dunno, organic integration of lines into digital pieces is what's especially on by mind lately. So that's why I'm kinda ridiculously interested in exactly how the use of the sketch layer progressed here.
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