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November 9, 2013
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Poem Process GIF by vtas Poem Process GIF by vtas
Tools: Intuos 5 medium, Photoshop CS5
Time: ~45 hrs

Final: Poem. by vtas

Happy to answer any questions C:

Q: Holy cow, 45 hrs!
A: This one took especially long, mostly because I had to do a lot of clothes research and make up all those designs. I made many many versions with slightly different colors/compositions to compare against in order to find the best one (and also for the lighting, color, highlights, etc.) The painting part wasn't actually the most time consuming.

Q: How many layers did you use? I'm wondering cause you painted and detailed the face and hair first how did you get to the clothing underneath the hair?
A: I made a lot of layers for this pic, maybe like 40~? not because I separated all objects by layer (eg. shoulder, clip), but more because I was a bit obsessive about the composition and I had to make a ton of layers with the different versions to figure out the one I liked best. Generally, when I make new layers, it's when I'm adding something experimental or highlights 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. I painted the clothing on top of the hair layer. (It only looks like it's underneath because of the shadowing and more painting I did.)

Q: How do you make the whole drawing so light or reflect the light from the cage to his face?
A: I paint on a combination of layers - usually Overlay and multiply. I fill out both light and dark parts around the same time, and I usually darken surrounding areas first because I wait until the end to do the really bright highlights so the image doesn't get overexposed. Overlay tends to decrease the values range of your artwork. I also make Adjustment Layers on Curves/Levels and edit those. Additionally, I have to adjust for my screen. My drawing screen is a really old one and leans towards overly bright and vibrant with a red tint, so near the end, I'll open the artwork on another computer and make final adjustments (which almost always include brightening and making it more vibrant) to match what I intended it to look like.

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XxXCloverXxX Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student General Artist
got to the end of the gif and all that came out of my mouth was "holy sh*t!!"
ninaidairene Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
45 hours.. gawd. 
Q 3 Q Your work is amazing.
Artdolphin25 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Oh wow, these drawings are amazing and I enjoy watching all of the artwork progress each time! Great work!!
DarknessesBliss Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am in awe ._.
Piimocial Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Z-E-N-E-R-O Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah~ your technique kills my heart :love: Is this what people call " over painting" technique?
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh I believe overpainting is when you use another thing as base, such as a photo or another artwork, like for matte paintings. This was done with no base. While I do paint over my sketch/lines, I think this is just traditional painting technique xD
Z-E-N-E-R-O Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ah, I see . Thank you . Keep up the great works :heart: 

I'm always looking for to seeing your works :love: 
Cassiuseos Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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