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Spider Lady Progress by Mr--Jack Spider Lady Progress by Mr--Jack
So, process for this piece, overall a bit under 3 hours in PS CS3. I had a go at working pretty much entirely on one layer here, and found it pretty fun, sort of keeps you on your toes a bit and you end up with a nicely complex image when things start getting overlaid a couple of times.
Textures mostly from cgtextures.com, aside from a couple of photos I took myself, and the brush I used came from ~leventep's brush pack, so check that out.
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:iconvtoroman:
vtoroman Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist
This is an excellent example on how to do painting dark-to-light well.
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Shredguts Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have shown me much here. I don't sketch like that... it's about time I give it a try.
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nekrosavant Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
excellent work ... your pictures are spectacular ...
in this particular I would like to know how is the work ... beyond that looks, in step by step ... I wonder if you work on a single layer or multiple adding black and white gray ... as is basically ... I would like to learn this technique ...

from already thank you very much ..

regards

Emmanuel
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WSLaFleur Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
alright, i read through all the comments to make sure you hadn't answered this already. i have a problem. i'd like to play around with silhouettes, "pushing around" the ink digitally and using the eyedropper to get my colors from what's already been blended onto the page, but whenever i try, the image turns into mud - sort of like i was using traditional medium. do you occasionally reset your brush to a brighter color or something? i would love a word of wisdom right about now.
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional
Yeah, I definitely have to keep fiddling with the colours, both in the colour palette (usually using either RGB or HSB sliders) and just re-picking colours from the swatches to keep things bright.
I will also occasionally use the sponge tool to saturate / desaturate while I'm painting if things aren't looking quite right.
One of the things that you have to make sure of when trying not to let an image get too muddy also is make sure you're working at a fairly high opacity, since just like real paint if you have to go over areas too many times things end up splodging together a bit too much.

(sorry it took me so long to reply!)
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WSLaFleur Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
no problem at all, for such an iconic digital artist, you do astoundingly well keeping up with your messages. i think my problem is that i'm going over an area too much(i never did have much traditional painting practice), but that'll clear up with practice. i'll also try messing around with the RGB and HSB sliders, seeing as how i haven't messed with them yet, nor even once fiddled with the sponge tool. digital is monstrously formidable to get used to.

thanks,

Wes,
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Kahiro-Suzuki Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
Do you use OVERLAY or COLOR layer for coloring?
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional
I can't remember (the image's flattened now) but probably overlay.
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Kahiro-Suzuki Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
The problem is that if I use overlay it makes some shadows suprisingly dark, when using it on gray-gradation images. Anyway thanks))
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
:rofl: the first thing that takes form is... THE BOOBS! ahahhaha!
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Professional
haha :D

oh yes, well one has to get one's priorities right when starting an image like this. . .
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gourger Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
you are the best
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional
:D thanks!
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r7ll Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Your processes are always so fun and insightful to watch! It's great to see how from the initial chaos of patterns you begin to extract shape and form.
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Professional
Glad to hear it! :D
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:iconxmoose:
Xmoose Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
Great art! I would like to know what the original image resolution and size was.
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Professional
full res is about 4000x3000px, though I didn't start off at that but upscaled a couple of times in the first few steps as I started putting in details.
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Xmoose Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Thx, You helped a lot, I usally quit my painting projects because photoshop can't keep up with freehand painting on a 300dpi canvas. Brushes tend to be lazy and sort of echoey.
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional
yeah it's annoying sometimes. It all comes down to what you're planning to do with the art; if you're only going to end up putting it up on the web then working large at 300dpi can be making a rod for your own back sometimes...
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RainCookie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Gosh. You're amazing :c ! :la:
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional
thanks kindly :D
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Moso-stuff Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow, almost as if she's being created from a swirl of
shadows... and flames. XD
Lovely job, eh?
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional
Thanks :D
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Existence-is-Futile Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
THAT WAS SO FUN TO WATCH!!
I love the way you built that beautiful piece from nothing but what would look like a bunch of splodges to some crappy artist like myself :D
The composition is beautiful!
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Professional
hehe

cheers!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Gwah; I can't get enough of these processes. It's so awesome that you do them with nearly every image. 8D

I love how you can just blob down some, "paint" and gradually shape it in to a fantastic image!

Once you started adding in color; what blending mode do you usually use? Color seems obvious; but I've always found it to end up being kind of flat and boring. Overlay is nicer, but seems to mess with the values.
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional
In this instance I think I did use overlay, but only for the stark red bits; I also did some soft quick-masking and did some adjusting of the hues with Color Balance, which is less complicated to fiddle around with when (as on this piece) you're only working on one layer. After that I just paint with colours that are eyedroppered from the piece. You're right about colour not being quite so exciting; sometimes it can be good to use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer set to 'colorize' to get a base colour down (or, if you're just working on one layer, just doing the same thing from the adjustments menu).

Cheers!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanks for the info. >w<
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ZawYeMyint1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
very nice work :)
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional
:D
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ZawYeMyint1 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
:handshake: :D
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CALLit-ringo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow wow and wow
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional
:D thanks!
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inkblast Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Seeing your work in progress is quite inspiring. I guess you're one of those artists who start with a strong greyscale comp before adding colours huh...great approach :)
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional
Yep, it's a very handy way to work; I don't always, of course, but it's fantastic for working out values and composition and all :D
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MARINEMANTIS3YE Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Student Filmographer
amazing technique
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional
Thanks :)
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:iconmarinemantis3ye:
MARINEMANTIS3YE Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Student Filmographer
no problem man
its crazy how you do that
how long have you been using digital programs to draw/paint with?
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional
well I've been using illustrator and photoshop since 2000 but I can't say I was doing this sort of work then; but yeah, I've been practising for a long time now. :)
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:iconmarinemantis3ye:
MARINEMANTIS3YE Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Student Filmographer
clearly lol
digital drawing and painting is so hard right now
lol
im still learning lol
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LJonesy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
I must find you in person, give you $50 and get you to show me how to do this =P
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Songwind Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing!
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional
No probalo :D
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Midget-of-Jimmy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Student Digital Artist
wow! amazing progress :D Frame 2 looks like some dark essence to me because of how wispy it looks, and the dark color theme! I sort of laughed when you got rid of her head :P Love the final piece, the textures are great too, they make it look like it's on scroll =D
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional
hehe :D
yeah, I had fun all the way through this one, though I'll admit the head did take a couple of iterations before I got it right...
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deadfuze Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Thanks for showing us the process Jack, always appreciated by us artists man
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional
No probs :D
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deadfuze Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Wait, One Layer? Holy crap, that mustve of been a challenge dude
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional
haha :) I added new things occasionally on other layers over the top (i.e. when I first added colour, or when adding textures) but I continuously flattened them as I worked.
It's quite a fun way to work, actually, since it forces you to be a bit more decisive :D
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daecu7 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Student General Artist
haha wow, i love seeing these progressions, another awesome piece :)
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