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January 29, 2009
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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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yasermohavi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did u use smudge tool for Transition..
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.
yasermohavi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So ... how did you blend the paints? what is you technique to do that?
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.
yasermohavi Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes make sense thank you so much
UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem (:
medosanart Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
do u draw very good :)
nashabah Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
...your lines and colors are wonderfull!
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
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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