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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   General Artist
got to the end of the gif and all that came out of my mouth was "holy sh*t!!"
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ninaidairene Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
45 hours.. gawd. 
Q 3 Q Your work is amazing.
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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!!
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DarknessesBliss Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am in awe ._.
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Piimocial Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! 
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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?
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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
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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: 
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Cassiuseos Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful
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Rylandandshadowfang Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Photographer
amazing
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Hollyleaf40461 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is so beautiful and the way it was lightened was just well i cant say its that good
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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Hollyleaf40461 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
u wellcome
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SteamEngineCombust Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very 3D work here. Wonderful use of color and composition. And the use of light feels very balanced. It is appealing to the eyes. 
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy you think so! Thank you!
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SteamEngineCombust Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. 
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rose3709 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i have a question how do you make the whole drawing so light or reflect the light from the cage to his face ?
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I paint on a combination of layers - Overlay, darken surrounding areas, then I make Adjustment Layers on Curves/Levels. My drawing screen is a really old one and tends to be overly bright and vibrant, 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.)
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rose3709 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so you just go from dark to lightest ? do you use alot of yellow ?
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh what do you mean? Are you talking about the colors I use? I fill out both light and dark parts on my images around the same time, but I usually wait until the end to do the highlights, otherwise, it would end up being overexposed.
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rose3709 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh i see that helps alot thank you so much 
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pureverve Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Amazing work here, love it always
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you C:
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:icontsukiiyo:
Tsukiiyo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing job *A*
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks tsuki!
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Tsukiiyo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love to see the process. :3
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Windowtothesoulepic Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
My freakin God. 45h.
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah XD; this one took so long, mostly because I had to do a lot of clothing research and make up all those designs. I made many many versions with slightly different colors/compositions to compare against and find the best one. I usually don't do this much extensive... OCDing
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Windowtothesoulepic Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
I couldn't have stayed for 45h on the same artwork for sure... You've got a lot of patience and creativity :)
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh thank you! It's something I wouldn't have been able to do when I first started out either. Had to train myself for it. I tended to leave things unfinished (forever) if I had to spend more than one sitting on it.
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Windowtothesoulepic Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Yeah, me too! Hopefully I'll be like you one day :)
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Yewrezz Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woow, thank  you so much! Loved this piece, so it's very enlightening to see how the process went! I'll be sure to question you further in how... as soon as I figure out where to start haha :love:
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha XD take your time. Thank you very much!
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SoaringAmber Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How many layers did you use for this picture? I'm wondering cause you painted and detailed the face and hair first how did you get to the clothing underneath the hair?
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vtas Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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 many many versions so I could compare them and 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.
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ChucklingDevil Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
My jaw just dropped at the sheer beauty and complexit of the piece.
I don't know how you do it but don't ever stop. 
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much, I'm glad my time and effort pulled through!
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ChucklingDevil Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Oh, it most certainly has.
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zwxART Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
45 hourssss. You have such an amazing patience. ;o;
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one took especially long, mostly because I had to do a lot of clothes research and none of the designs were set, so I had to do multiple versions of the same composition and compare lighting, color, highlights, etc. The painting part wasn't the most time consuming.
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ereida Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
I cannot express how lovely it is to see something go from concept to finished piece, especially when it's your painting omg. <3
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much dear! *_* <3
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:iconereida:
ereida Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
No problem! *watches it again all secretive like.* <3
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vtas Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LMAO
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
How do you come up with the embroidery designs? I always have trouble with those :P
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh I googled the band Versailles? or something for inspiration +v+
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh haha nice XD

Say I have question..  For a drawing that is about a half body shot that nearly takes up the picture and is supposed to represent hope, what kind of a background would you use? I can't really do much of a scenery because I do not think there is enough space, so I was just curious as to what you would do.
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vtas Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, I can't really say unless I'm shown the pic? take a big deal, but usually hope is represented by something bright, so I'd say dark bg with a bright center light. Of course, I did do a pic called Hope, which I did no bg for at all xD
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh ok. Makes sense: hope=light :P
Hmm.. Then could I note you a sketch of it then?
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry wow I'm multitasking so apologies for the weird phrase typo "take a big deal"

Ahh sure, but I won't be available for the next two days. Make sure your sketch has colors because I wouldn't be able to to tell you anything unless I see the other colors.
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