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Elsa Process GIF by vtas Elsa Process GIF by vtas
Tools: Intuos 5 medium, Photoshop CS6
Time: ~10-15 hrs (forgot, and at least 4 of those hours were failing at doing a proper hand)

Final: SW Frozen: Elsa by vtas // Other processes: Poem Process GIF by vtas Sol Portrait Process GIF by vtas

Happy to answer any questions C:

Q: What brush and settings for the brush do you use to do the hair and eyes?
Eyes: basic round - 100% opacity, ~80 flow, with pressure variant on opacity. I move the Hardness bar, hard first, soft for highlights. I also use eraser to make some nice shapes. Eyelashes have size pressure checked.
Hair: basic round (same as above) - base color with soft first, after colors are mostly there, I use opacity and size pressure and do most of it, sometimes I switch of size pressure to smooth things out.
I generally use basic round for everything. I have tried square brushes and liked them a lot, but more for.. background/sometimes clothes. Face I almost always use round brush.

Q: When finalising the facial features, did you use the liquify tool or simply another layer over the old one to paint in the corrected features?
A new layer (or just paint over and over again on the same one). I rarely use any of the liquify etc. functions because my laptop really can't take it. I can't even use the smudge tool for some cool blending, so it's all painted over. I flip the canvas a lot and figure out what I'd like and get a fresh perspective.

Q: How many layers do you use in this drawing? [paraphrased from here]
I made a lot of layers for this pic, maybe like 50~? not because I separated all objects by layer (eg. head, dress), but more because I was a bit obsessive about the hand and I had to make a ton of layers with the different versions to figure out the best one. Generally, when I make new layers, it's when I'm adding something experimental or lightening a few things subtly in the midst of drawing. I don't specifically make something labelled hair, or clothing, and draw them on different layers. Every layer I have will have parts of paint here and there/all over the canvas. I usually merge all (then make more) several times during the painting process.

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LaughButts Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
JimaPink Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Christi317 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh.. My.. God!!! That Is awesome!! YOU ARE REALLY GOOD!!! :) :) :) 
HellomyAlmostLover Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! That's one of the best drawings I've ever seen!
MindFreak54 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student
This is amazing. *Claps* Derpy Clapping Icon 
onisuu Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
//heart flutters
it's pure magic just watching the process gifs of your work! 
thanks for sharing hehehe!
*zips off to comment on final piece* XD
Vyndicare Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh V, I gots another question for ya! :3

I may be blind but when you're coloring do you keep the sketch as the top layer as a guide or do you just paint over it as you go?
vtas Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I delete extra layers and I do keep the sketch, but on the very bottom. I don't reference it very much, mostly it's for just in case I forget which line is what thing when I'm too focused on coloring. I think I referenced the sketch twice in the entire time I was painting this.
Vyndicare Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh okay thanks for the help ^^ Hug 
mxhl Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist
can i die now ;w;
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