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Riverbed Process by Mr--Jack Riverbed Process by Mr--Jack
So I didn't save as many steps along the way this time as I sometimes do, so it's a bit less comprehensive, but I just wanted to give you a look at the way it started off as a line drawing and turned out the way it did.
I got pretty much all my composition down in the first rough pass, which was actually surprisingly painless for this piece (sometimes it can take a long time to be happy here, but it's important for later).
Considering I wanted it to be a pretty detailed piece overall I felt it would be less daunting to tackle if I planned it out with some tighter linework to begin with, which is where I worked out most of the intricacies of the logs and roots, and worked out the 'realistic' design of the different pokemon, so that I could just focus on the rendering when I got to the painting stage.
The 4-quarters sort of reveal I have in here is pretty much the order I did it in, but I didn't 100% focus on each area as I went, there is always a lot of jumping back and forth around the canvas as I go - I just thought that it'd be a bit easier to show it pop up more gradually looking at this, since that's all actually on one layer. So, the rendering is all pretty much split onto 4 layers - the very first gradients that I did the lines over, the first rough shadow pass (under the lines), the main bulk of the rendering, and finally most of the foreground fish, who're on another layer to make painting against the background easier.
*edited in - I think one of the things I did differently this time especially was hide the line layer, normally I keep it because I like the shadows it keeps, and some finer details that I don't have to repaint, but since I wanted it to be fading into the murky water I liked it better without it. 
I wasn't working too big, the file's about 3800px wide (which is sort of smaller than I usually work, actually, but I only really thought about that about halfway through >.<)
Edit; since people were asking, I think this piece probably took about 25-30 hours (I got most of the linework done one night last week and then the painting was most of this last weekend).

Hope this is interesting,
final version is here -
Riverbed by Mr--Jack
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:iconminohkim:
MinohKim Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Love this!  Thanks for sharing :)
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:iconizzi3bootz:
izzi3bootz Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love the colours and atmosphere created on this painting! Great work, well done!
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:iconszeart:
SzeArt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Incredible...Thanks for sharing
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:iconcheetahamsloth:
CheetaHamSloth Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student General Artist
H....H...Ho....Holy shit :heart:
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:iconteddyblackbear2040:
TeddyBlackBear2040 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amazing Job wow!!!! keep up the good work.
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:iconwesai:
wesai Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Cool.
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:iconkeykie:
keykie Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist
woow!!
 
you're awesome!
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:iconspognebob:
SpogneBob Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Aaaamazing!
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:iconsikkwolf:
Sikkwolf Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jesus you're incredible
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:iconakium:
Akium Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
awesome :D
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:iconkevinbaquero:
kevinbaquero Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Impresionante !
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:iconyanchuan111:
yanchuan111 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Thank you for sharing, I also want to have time to draw some pictures ~
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:iconneo-dokuro:
Neo-Dokuro Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Your artwork is so amazing<3 I love seeing your process gifs, always inspires me to work harder on my artwork.
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:iconkeltainen:
Keltainen Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   Digital Artist
oh Master of Masters i wonder how much do You rely on the linework?
so when You start painting in, You just simply paint on it...?
because it looks like You have the lines, but it just sooo awesomely painterly at the same time.
silly question i know, but would like to know :meow:
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:iconkingshovka:
KingSHovka Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definetly One of my fantastic favorite works by you,I wish you'll do more of those.I'm not that much of a Pokemon fan but I am a original realistic fan
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:iconcloudedequilibrium:
CloudedEquilibrium Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The little mudkips!
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:iconbib0un:
bib0un Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
<3
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:iconnoxmoony:
Noxmoony Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Filmographer
Woahh this is incredible! I love seeing the process and I love your take on these Pokemons! SO cool and the rendering and colours makes it feel like a classic painting from the Renaissance era....absolutely wonderful!
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YngvarAsplund Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sort of happy to hear you spent that much time on it, haha. I get the impression that you often work very quickly, which I'm sure is true for a lot of the stuff you do, but 25-30 hours is more along the lines of what I often spend on my own paintings. It's reassuring to see I'm not too far off the norm. Granted, you work is quite a bit more detailed than my own, but still. ;)
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haochen Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
amazing~~:0 Thanks for your sharing!!!!:)
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:iconsephiroth87silver:
sephiroth87silver Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
GORGEUS Thumbs Up Emote 
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:iconparkurtommo:
parkurtommo Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're line art is just so solid, so professional (which is appropriate haha)!
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:iconby-set:
By-Set Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:happybounce: Awesome!
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:iconroseger:
RoseGER Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I LOVE IT!
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:iconmissblues:
missBlues Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student General Artist
This is souch a lovely painting, and I'm so glad you shared the process of it :) I just sant to keep looking at it.
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:iconkalilak11:
Kalilak11 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love the color palette for this one, and your lighting is very well done too. Nice work!
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:iconjeussomr:
JeussOmr Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
wOOOOOOOOOOw IT AMAZING
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:iconprototype66:
Prototype66 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
thats amazing !
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:iconaliceinsane:
aliceinsane Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
*thumbs up*
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:iconnibelwolf:
nibelwolf Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Epic as always :)
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:iconzetaomega2:
Zetaomega2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconpfitzy:
Pfitzy Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! Thanks so much for showing us your process, this is very helpful.
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:iconpenclguy:
PenclGuy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Speachless....
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:icongarrision30:
Garrision30 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wha programs did uuse just photshop or what
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:iconpacha-urbano:
pacha-urbano Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Fucking awesome!
*___*
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:iconmaxrunn:
Maxrunn Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing
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:iconhaywirevisions:
HaywireVisions Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014   Digital Artist
Great work and nice of you to share the process. :)
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:iconsantosbzz:
Santosbzz Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Great again!!!
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:iconlittlelinnemann:
LittleLinnemann Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Omg what about a video tut? :3
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:iconartistjerrybennett:
artistjerrybennett Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Fantastic. Love seeing it take shape and life.
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:iconchinagami:
chinagami Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Is it just me or is the thumbnail view a different image? Looks like mudkips swimming around with a marshtomp.
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:iconjokov:
jokov Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014   General Artist
thanks for sharing, very interesting

I really like works in your gallery
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:iconcraftypixel:
CraftyPixel Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
- I love the way you paint... the process is so good! I want to try this technique soon. -
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:iconakiman:
Akiman Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great process! thank you! My paint looks bullsh1t when i remove line work after i paint most of it Leave too much process to make virtual linework with shadow highlights etc. Because its not precise. Since line work blocks where i paint, Filling the holes is much pain for me. Can i ask how do you deal with it? Regards. 
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Erick-FM Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
this is truly amazing, great job :) love the lighting
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:iconjrettberg:
JRettberg Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
damn, love that linework
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:iconb-r-a-n-d:
B-R-A-N-D Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so impressed with your use of tonal values. You make it look so easy. 
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:iconchinagami:
chinagami Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing. It's always cool to see process work from anyone.
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:iconrichardcgreen:
richardcgreen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't expect to get anywhere with PS painting, but this surely is an inspiration
to see how the pros do it. THANKS...
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TheJackRabbit Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, I appreciate the show of talent and process.
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