Im a budding digital painter: I just wanna say that this is frickin' AWESOME !!! I greatly appreciated the breakdown from the original, since I'm trying to learn, but the steps were still too spaced for me to really figure out how you made the individual pieces.
I guess you get a lot of questions like this but I really want to know how you learned to get these skincolours. I basically know the concept but I never get it right in my pictures. :/ Awesome work! Youve got an intriguing style.
I like how you're basically all "Well just added a little touch of paprika and BAM! Instant awesomeness in one easy step!" The look of your details/anatomy/lighting and well pretty much everything is so amazingly well done. o_o
tbh they are not as good as they could be. The problem is that a lot of the "steps" don't really make sense unless you are seeing what I'm actually doing. So I try to take the "key moments" and explain the thought process behind them and hopefully it will help people figure out their own way to create pieces. I tried making videos, but it's also a process that is something 20-30h long, so unless I speed up a lot, or break it down into dozens of pieces commenting what is doing on .. it won't help that much.
One thing that I'm trying to do is create small tutorials about specific things. At least for me, when I find those it's usually more helpfull than watching a full video of something done from scratch.
And I can't speak for other artists, but usually I try to reply to messages that I can actually reply something. I tend to avoid simply saying "thanks" on each comment ... it just feels a little impersonal. I rather save my comments when I can actually add something
Wow! I knew there would be a lot of steps in the process of such a detailed artwork, but this just blew me away! I'm sort-of just starting to get serious with my digital art, so it's very inspiring (and a little daunting) to see the process behind this top-of-the-line kind of work.
On another note, is this a character from a fandom, or is she your own creation?
surprisingly she's my own creation. It's just a mix of fantasy/oriental fighter (like monks and such). There's references from a lot of different things, like real monks fighting with staves for the pose. Gaming characters for clothing ... When I want to draw something I just go after whatever image I have of something "cool" that still fits the theme/composition that I'm trying to create.
So technically she's my own creation, but there's a little of many things on it.
it's not as hard as it looks. with some specific brushes you can really make the "bulk" of it quite fast. The hardest part is getting the depth, ilumination, overall ambience correctly.
But one thing I recommend is having a LOT of references of pictures before trying to make yours. It's a lot easier once you have a "library" of pictures similar to the the image you are trying to create. For example for this one pepperwolf.deviantart.com/art/… , I have at least 20-30 pictures of "snowy places" in the folder that I used as reference to make those things.
Hello PepperWolf! may I ask a question about how you did the background in step 8 of your WIP? Is it done by texture-technique or creating your own custom brushes for the grasses? it looks really great and I've always wanted to know how to do it...
anyway, thank you for uploading the WIP. it's really a material worth to be studied and I love the way you explain all the steps in fun way
Overall is a LOT of references of mountains, sunsets and such. Once I stablish the mood I want ( in this case, a windy sunset on a hilltop) I go after references of pictures to give me a starting point. So I cherry pick the colors and tones I wank to work with (in this case, orange, magenta, etc) then I check which brushes I have that can do what I saw in pictures. If I can't get the initial body of the image fast, I try to change the brush settings a little to see if it works, and eventually I get the result I want.
If I could pull of a "training face" that didn't look silly/too awesome (awesome in the sense of "oh i'm so awesome training" not in terms of quality). I'd def rather do it.
But given I simply didn't manage to make one, blindfold kinda solved the issue without opening the shenanigan box of secrets (that at lot of people use on drawings to "fix" screw ups they realize later on lol), since it blindfold is somewhat pertinent in martial art training, movies and such.
but yeh .. I'm not 100% happy about it, but .. whatever lol, each drawing is a learning experience
yeah im so tempted when i draw to just put certain body parts out of view so I don't have to deal with them. I agree she looked very self confident but maybe after you train for awhile you would be arrogant about your own ability.
Even though I've looked at this a few times now, I can't help but be amazed each and every time! The detail is just incredible, I was sat looking at the background for ages before I even got to move onto admiring the monk! I absolutely adore this piece and it's not even finished yet, hehe... I can't wait xx