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So a couple of people wanted to see a tut or wip of these current Zerg pieces, and Here we are!
I think it's all pretty self-explanatory, I'm not using anything particularly fancy; only using a regular hard round brush pretty much all the time, at 100% opacity, with opacity + size set to pen pressure.

Enjoy! at each of these steps I made a new layer to work on, though I wouldn't normally use quite so many for the basic painting.

Photoshop CS3, linework from Sketchbook Pro. Working size was 2000px wide.
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:iconkatanaswordfish:
katanaswordfish Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
Awesome. =)
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AaronRhyneHendren Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
This is excellent! I'll have to draw from your method and try it out! After doing lots of cel shading lately, I've been itching to do some digi-paint.
I have one in the works, but I need to learn more. I'll have to do more experimenting.

Thanks for sharing this!
:+fav:! :la:
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional
You're welcome!
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TheBritishEagle Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
You.... are.... AWESOME!!! OMFG YOU ARE THE COOLEST PERSON IN THE WORLD AND I MEAN IT!!!!! :DDDDD
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional
haha :D

Thankyou kindly!
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EatYourMouth Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
do you use cutom pens for sketch with alias?

awesome work btw...shiny
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Professional
Not really, no, just the straight pencil (I don't use it much for painting or anything so I don't find the need to).

Thanks :)
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JoshEiten Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
about how long did it take you?
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional
About an hour and a half I think.
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yotamon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very inspiring one...
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Professional
:D glad to hear it
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QymaenjaiSheelal Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Wow, really good tutorial. I'm still pretty new to Photoshop, and this helps a lot.
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Professional
Glad to hear it :D
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QymaenjaiSheelal Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Ha ha. Thanks for replying! Most don't. Your art is awesome by the way. :D
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Professional
No probs!

and thanks again :D
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Dead-Blood Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Thanks so much for sharing this! :) ~
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional
No probs :D
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Ratzgoblin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Dude, I did not expect that so soon... this is so great to see! Doesnt leave much questions to the viewer...
This is like water to the dry sponge in my head (some call it 'brain' :> ). It's definitely going to be :+fav:ed and saved on my :pc: (ya never know, tomorrow every DA-Server will be crushed by a tornado at once or something xD )...

Thank you very very much... although it seems like one of those things that look easy here in the making-of, but hard if you try on your own. I'll see...
A shame there is a nasty examination next week, so letting me distract by some painting sessions is probably the most fatal thing i can do now. But my fingers are itching already ^^
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional
Glad to hear it!

(And good luck :D)
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MyImmortalBlackRose Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
Mr Jack? You are always on my overmind.
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional
awww . . . :D
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leaflent Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hi sir, just wanna ask what tool in sketchbook pro did you use for the line art? I see you have different sizes there, there are thin and thick (main) lines.
I really love that kind of lineart but I can't make any.
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional
Just the main pencil tool, can't remember at what size but roughly middling; not too thin, not too thick. The variation in lineweight all just comes from the pen pressure.
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leaflent Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh. So no any other tool? I was guessing you used ballpen tool since it makes a more solid line, yea but I was wrong.
Okay I might try it on pencil as well.
Thank you so much.
Very impressive gallery
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional
No probs, and good luck :D
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome progression; it's neat to see WIPs of stuff like this.

Might you consider doing another, but explaining each step either in the tutorial or description? I'm trying to dissect this particular style and there's like no decent tutorials on it anywhere. xD
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional
Maybe, though I'm not really sure how much explaining I can do to make it much clearer...
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Mostly just the overall technique; like how to use the brush to get that rough, but still clean look, or how you pick colors or pick which areas to detail most. Things like that.
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional
Well the way I'm working on these does lend itself to being able to show the walkthroughs, so I might do one again.
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
always at 100% opacity? I spot some transparency here and there... not that I doubt your word of course :p -Its just that it doesn't sound as efficient to paint in that manner... and your stuff looks.. well, efficient.
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional
I should say that I've got opacity + size of the brush set to pen pressure, and I'll admit it might be a little exaggerating to say always 100% but for almost all of the actual painting yeah, it is; getting the atmospheric perspective and doing the background shadow is the only time I'd always turn it down to around 30%. To get smooth blends I've just got my finger permanently on the option key for efficient (:D) colour-picking.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
He's probably using 100% opacity, but also pen pressure.
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EduardoSouza Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
What's the quick mask for, anyway? o_o'
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional
Making quick selections of complicated areas (and being able to include different opacities of selection) that would be too difficult, time consuming or just impossible to do with the lasso or magic wand tools.
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EduardoSouza Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
Oh.
That makes things easier. I'll try that =D
Thanks!
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional
no probs :D
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great walk through. I've liked all of the Zerg you been posting and it's nice to see the process you went through to get there. Can't wait to see more!
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional
:D
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nervene Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Great walkthrough, man; I really need to start using the quick select - such a powerful feature that I keep overlooking. I like how straight-forward your process is; not a whole lot of tricks or anything. (:
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional
:D

Tricks can be handy sometimes but it really depends on what sort of look you're aiming for; I enjoy painting like this, indeed.
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nervene Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Yeah, I enjoy getting down to business and painting stuff, as well. Sometimes I'll resort to extra tricks if I want metallic effects, but it's usually just a matter of the ol' brush work.
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Shufly Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
cool! And educational!
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional
what a combination!
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crump3t Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
do you lave the linework layer on top right to the end? it seems like it.. though not all.. at which point do you start painting over the top ?
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional
This is actually the only one where there's any painting over the linework, with the slime stuff, aside from that it's only ever the white BG that I paint over the top (at least in this style). And occasional touch-ups at the end.
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crump3t Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
right so you do leave the line layer on top always? do you put effort into making clean lines to start with then?
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional
With these, yep; working with sketchbook pro I've found it's pretty easy to get relatively clean lines (process there is usually two layers, one rough and one final (s';pose I should've shown that, I'll remember it if I do another one), I've put them up in my sketchbook (page 5) if you want to take a look at them . . .
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crump3t Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
aah yeah, haven't been back to your SB in a bit.. very sexy lines man. Is Sketchbook pro downloadable? I need to try out some more programs. just been using photoshop so far hmmm
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional
There's a trial, I'm fairly sure, and it's only $90 or so if I remember rightly :D
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Utharas Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
cool how you don't realy smear any of it, you just aply layers of color.
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