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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
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!
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JimaPink Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
EPICNESS
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Christi317 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh.. My.. God!!! That Is awesome!! YOU ARE REALLY GOOD!!! :) :) :) 
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HellomyAlmostLover Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! That's one of the best drawings I've ever seen!
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MindFreak54 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student
This is amazing. *Claps* Derpy Clapping Icon 
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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
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student General 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?
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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.
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh okay thanks for the help ^^ Hug 
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mxhl Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist
can i die now ;w;
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