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Yuka Process by UponThouFairCat Yuka Process by UponThouFairCat
Download for full view. The final painting is here: [link] .

This is my current painting process/technique. It shows just how off-model my initial sketches/studies can be compared to the final version and it also demonstrates how I apply color. Typically an image will call for more studies/revisions than this one needed (I ended up pretty much following the first thumbnail all the way through).

Since I'm sharing this with you guys let me ask 2 favors:

1) Please don't ask me in-depth questions relating to my coloring technique. I'm considering writing a short book/ashcan that I will distribute independently outlining my current coloring process. It's a combo of color-mode brushes in Photoshop, replace-color adjustments and overlays.

2) Let me know if you'd like to see more process shots of my paintings. I don't normally go for this sort of thing or tutorials but it's nice to receive feedback.

The grayscale to color technique is something I've been messing around with for a little over a year. Not all of my illustrations start out as grayscale underpaintings.

For tips on how to apply textures to digital paintings please view this : [link]

Yuka belongs to ~KidAngel.
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:iconyasermohavi:
yasermohavi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did u use smudge tool for Transition..
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, back then I didn't use the smudge tool at all. Just a hard round brush in photoshop w/ opacity jitter set to pen pressure.
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yasermohavi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So ... how did you blend the paints? what is you technique to do that?
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
With the pen pressure set to opacity jitter in photoshop, pressing down hard will result in a 100% opacity stroke, and pressing down less hard will result in variable opacity. This means that you can blend even with a 100% hard brush by simply sampling existing values with Alt (which brings up the eyedropper tool) off of the canvas and making more strokes. There's no trick to it, if that makes any sense. I use the same brush for both sketching and coloring. I'm not fond of gimmicky custom brushes.
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yasermohavi Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes make sense thank you so much
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem (:
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medosanart Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
do u draw very good :)
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nashabah Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
...your lines and colors are wonderfull!
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V-Savas Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
I love the in process shots... I always learn a lot form these sorts of things :D
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zamboze Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
WOW!! very neat!!! thank you very much^^
just on question... are you just using new color layer to add the color, or are there any other tricks/methods to put the color to it?
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
No color layers - I use brushes set to color mode. It feels more like glazing / painting with a traditional underpainting to me and is arguably more precise. Thanks!
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zamboze Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
wow! thanks for your answer^^ i'll try that^^
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gerisk8 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Nice! Great tutorial :) Thank you for this
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Maksn Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*cries sparkly tears of envy* ;O;
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Cookiecat88 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
Wow, that's just beautiful!
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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zelas Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
man I do so love your colors!
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:iconuponthoufaircat:
UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Haite-S-Regna Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
Very useful and beautiful!
Faved! ^_^ :+fav:
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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ThuyLTran Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's amazing. I was curious as to how you make your arts, still speechless though.
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks <:
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hibikino Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, I've heard of painting in greyscale and using layers/overlays before which I thought would be very useful for me since I'm far stronger at shading than colour theory. Every time I've attempted something like this though I failed >_< but seeing your art makes me want to try again.
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Also I didn't mean to insinuate that YOU personally need to study color theory, I meant that it's just something good to have a handle on if your working with color at all whether it be a grayscale underpainting or straight color.
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hibikino Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah I try to colour... I think I have the theory and vision of the final product in my head... but I've yet to have the motor skills/coordination to paint great colour straight. And lol of course I never meant you used layers, I'm just saying that others who I've seen paint in grey scale use layer overlays to help with tones.

My greyscale pictures have far more impact than any of my colour ones because while I know how I'd LIKE it to look, I haven't got a grip on blending so I'd like to learn how to even temporarily vary my greyscale technique until I'm stronger at painting straight colour :) I can already tell from the strokes that you work all on one layer, which essentially how people SHOULD paint. It's my belief that using too many digital tools like layers/patterns/filters weaken overall painting ability... which can't be applied to real media like just general ability can.

Tools don't make an artist... skill does :)
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I don't use layers to color, I paint directly onto the canvas. Also I suggest learning how to paint in straight color/strengthen your color theory before messing around with this process; it doesn't do the work for you and can be unwieldy. I treat the underpainting more as a tonal guide/study than anything else. Try it out again, though!
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13th-Letter Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009   General Artist
These process walkthroughs are always definitely helpful and quite interesting to look at. Great work, dude.
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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Quirkilicious Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Whoooa, kind of bizarre that you work monochromatic first. I mean, doesn't bringing color in completely re-establish your tonal contrasts?
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Quirkilicious Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yea I know its possible. I'm just saying it feels like an extra "rough" step since its so easy to adjust colors with a digital medium. Assuming you don't nail your values first, you can play around with it quickly after applying the colors thanks to layers and what not.

I understand its all just about one's methodology though.
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That's true. I think most artists come to depend on all of the editing power available as it's arguably the most compelling and useful facet of digital art. Sometimes working in straight color is a faster process for me, it depends on what I'm trying to accomplish and the project specifications. Sometimes working out all the values monochromatically first proves to be more trouble than establishing everything in hue right off the bat.
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
No. The challenge is to nail your values and color identity in grayscale first. It's possible to paint in "color" with grays, I had a professor teach us that when I was in school.
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komala Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
This is really incredible, I love learning about other people's process! The ashcan idea sounds really interesting too :)
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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wscale Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Student
I love seeing these kind of process pieces. They don't necessarily have to be tutorials (though that is always wonderfully appreciated!), it's just very fascinating and informative just watching the progress shots alone.
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, thanks for your feedback. I'll be posting more at some point!
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wscale Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Student
Awesome! I'll be looking forward to it. =]
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amosa Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
ooh the rembrandt school of painting (sorta XD). i always thought you were more of an allaprima sorta painter, so it's really cool to know how you actually paint ^^ i love it when thumbnails actually work out! :D
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It really depends on what I'm trying to accomplish with an image. Sometimes working with straight color makes more sense so I'll go that route but I've fallen in love with this workflow and the textures that can be coaxed out of photoshop using this method.
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izolas Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
I'd love to see more process shots. I think it's amazing that you can imagine all the colors and things while working in grayscale.
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Neoanimated Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I want to see more progressions. I gotta try that gray scale stuff.
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Dominicabra Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This has been revealing. I specially wondered how you created those stunning backgrounds.
How many hours for the whole piece, if I may ask?
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Somewhere around 15 hours.
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Dominicabra Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. That is quite fast, I'm still slow, so I don't dare with huge full pieces like that.
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JH-Kael Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds interesting the book idea, I'm looking forward to it. I'm curious about how you did the Vocalove one.
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Axel-is-a-pedo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
People often begin in grayscale, I always wondered why, how can you color on top of that?
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Photoshop + color mode brushes, replace-color adjustments and overlays. This should explain more about the purpose of a monochromatic underpainting: [link] , just think of it applied to digital terms.
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theCHAMBA Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
oh to see your walkthrough.
tis definitely an eyeopener
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pepsi-tan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Student Photographer
I'm more awed at your trippy abstractions and how you come up with them.
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
They're created mostly through a combination of B.S. and happy accidents haha
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