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Korra Process + Mini Tutorial by moxie2D Korra Process + Mini Tutorial by moxie2D

Usually takes two or three attempts to get a pose I like. Involves lots of shape building trying to get the actual structure of the character, so it's usually pretty lose - until I get confident about where it's going, and lines become more straight.
I don't draw it in pink, but when doing the lineart, I like to have the sketch a different colour, even with a lowered opacity, so I can see the separation better.

10-15 mins.

A pretty simple stage, but takes a bit of time to do effectively. I usually end up spending around twice the amount of time doint final lines than I do on the actual sketch.
I like to take my time on this stage to get the lines looking clean.

20 mins.

Bases and Shades:
I use the Pen Tool here to outline the seperate parts of the character, using a different layer for each; skin, hair, shirt etc.
At this point I'll start thinking about where the light source might be.
I will sometimes get bored of doing bases halway through, and start shading one part which I have done the base for, then go back to doing other parts of the body again.
For the shades, I make a Clipping Mask above every layer that I will shade on, and use the Pen Tool again to create the shapes which I turn into a selection and dump in a flat colour.

20 - 30 mins.

Colours and Brushing:
I may actually put in the colours as bases right away if I know what kind of colours I'll be using, but here I locked the transparent pixels of each layer and dumped in selected colours to each layer.
I then used a soft brush to lightly highlight the base and shadow layers to give a sort of gradient effect.
Then I duplicated and merged all layers twice, so I'm given two flat layers of the final image.
Both layers are Gaussian Blurred and set to 33% Opacity.
Then set one to Multiply and the other to Overlay to intensify the colours a bit.
I also like to lock the Lineart layer at this point, set it to Multiply, and add some colours to it, just so it isn't entirely black.

10 - 15 mins.

Final Piece:

I always like to have a whole bunch of references on my second monitor, along with a video or DVD or something going on youtube throughout. The longer the video the better, so I don't have to go clicking on it haha. I find watching something related to the drawing I'm doing (for example to first episode of Korra) or stuff like documentaries, stand-up comedy, or debates really helps me relax and get right into it.
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Jays-Art Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
u make it look so easy lol  hope i can learn a few tips from this :)
SoniciatheHedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Hmm, this seems pretty useful! I might give this a try!
EllisArts Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
You know I know this is a very small and somewhat vague tutorial, but surprisingly I got a lot out of it. Mostly in the third step of your image. Shading with the pen tool is not something I have tried before...go figure
Hawke525 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How much blur do you add for each merged layer?
Mikhanator Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Probs range from 3-10 depending on the image, more so, it's your artwork, so you should experiment to you're liking!
Hawke525 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thx for the response! ^^
Mikhanator Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No Worries! Happy editing :D
rabby Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I feel a bit daft asking, but is this for... Photoshop? Or Illustrator?

Ah, I really need to read, and re-read the colours and brushing bit... This is a style I love but have never been able to replicate. ;~;
moxie2D Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
All Photoshop, I've never like Illustrator much :)
AffinityPony Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
Your character structure is EXCELLENT! Bonus points for those cool subtle lighting effects on your final colored render. Study and using references are the keys to any successful piece. Fantastic work!
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