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Korra Process + Mini Tutorial by moxie2D Korra Process + Mini Tutorial by moxie2D
MINI PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL:

Sketching:
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.

LineArt:
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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:iconjays-art:
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 :)
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SoniciatheHedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Hmm, this seems pretty useful! I might give this a try!
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:iconellisarts:
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
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Hawke525 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How much blur do you add for each merged layer?
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:iconmikhanator:
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!
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:iconhawke525:
Hawke525 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thx for the response! ^^
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:iconmikhanator:
Mikhanator Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No Worries! Happy editing :D
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:iconrabby:
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. ;~;
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:iconmoxie2d:
moxie2D Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
All Photoshop, I've never like Illustrator much :)
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:iconaffinityshy:
AffinityShy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013   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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southpawdragon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Any chance you a have a psd of this . I tried duplicating the colors and I wasn't succesful.
[link]
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:iconmery-the-hedgehog:
Mery-the-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
May I ask you something ?
How many pixel have your brush when you make the lineart ? Is it total black ?
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:iconillifas:
illifas Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Great, it's like an official artwork.
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:iconbiackhawks:
bIackhawks Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! now i can try to draw korra! will you do an amon one?
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:iconphoenixdreamangelmsb:
PhoenixdreamangelMSB Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I"m just curious why is there a gray piece before the color? I like this.
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:iconktheavatar:
KTheAvatar Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That was used to create where the shadows are.
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:iconklokloshoo:
KloKloShoo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
how do you make your colors so clean...??? :iconcryingplz:
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:iconcyberpunk-cyborg2000:
Cyberpunk-cyborg2000 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Probably one of the best WIPs I've ever seen.
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GonChan01 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Awsome! :) i wanna learn how to draw like thaaat! :3
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:iconpikachuvirus1996:
Pikachuvirus1996 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i see..i see...how interesting:) very well my frioend i will take these teachings into consideration:D
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:iconbraindeep:
bRaiNdeeP Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanks so much for showing us your process! :)
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:iconjptanchico:
jptanchico Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! this is amazing
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:iconplerndraws:
PlernDraws Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty! And nice tutorial, I just got a tablet and everything so I need to learn how to use it XD
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:iconkurtexpress:
KurtExpress Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HOW DO YOU DO THAT?!
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beehiveofhate Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
What debates do you listen to when you draw? I've listening to Christopher Hitchens (peace be upon him) debates lately. What stand-up comedy, too? Oh, and great drawing, wish I was better at shading/shadowing AND wish I can draw as fast as you. It takes me too long to get to the line art.
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:iconadamclowery:
AdamClowery Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Digital Artist
It's awesome! c:
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:iconcalihipster:
CaliHipster Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist
Thanks for posting this detailed process! It's nice to have a bit of insight. (: Your design is absolutely beautiful!
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:icontheeyzmaster:
theEyZmaster Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
I dig it!
Great process^^
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:iconnicarox2006:
NicaRox2006 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ACK! sorry, the comment below was an accident.. I do have questions though.. 1st off: What colors do you use for the gradient?
Is the gradient on the same layer as the flat color, or is it a seperate layer?
And when you shade, do you use black simply in a different layer mode, or do you use gray and just lower opcity.
Soryy I fail V_V
I did read your description but I got confised...
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:iconnicarox2006:
NicaRox2006 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
QUESTIONS!! YAY! :imadummyhead:
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:iconklokloshoo:
KloKloShoo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Hrmm. sorry for bothering you again, but do you start out in grayscale and then....?
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:iconmoonaaa:
moonaaa Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks just like the original in the series~
Amazingggg ^^
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:iconrupertrock:
RupertRock Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful. how do you turn your sketches into lineart? its appears impossible to me.
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:iconshadsterxwolf:
Shadsterxwolf Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use Macromedia flash, here's my result from this tutorial
[link]
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:iconsandnffn:
SandNFFN Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is an amazing picture! You draw her so well.
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:iconaltaeyyr:
Altaeyyr Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think this is positively amazing! And super insightful. Thanks :hug:
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:iconniyu-kushieda:
Niyu-Kushieda Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Woooooooooo!
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:iconeroticapple:
eroticapple Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
I like how white she is here. Her brown skin in the show is kind of ugly. I like how you decided to lighten it.
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:iconnicarox2006:
NicaRox2006 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Get over it. Stop cpmplaining and FYI Korra's skin here does NOT look lighter. You need glasses, honestly.
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:iconsandnffn:
SandNFFN Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but your comment sounds sort of racist...
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:iconeroticapple:
eroticapple Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
It was intentional. You lightened Korra's skin here and it really bothered me.
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:iconnicarox2006:
NicaRox2006 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, he didn't.
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:iconsandnffn:
SandNFFN Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, okay.
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:iconshadsterxwolf:
Shadsterxwolf Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I used your tutorial and it help me out for practicing.
Here is the final product of mine: [link]
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Destiny-919 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Korra looks fantastic! . . . What program did you actually use? SAI?
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:iconmoriadne:
Moriadne Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial rocks!
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:iconlokeraloko:
Lokeraloko Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THE BEST YOU ROCK
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:iconkaioutei:
kaioutei Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!
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:iconquantumreality:
QuantumReality Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Nice progression :)
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:iconsaiya-jinshenron:
Saiya-jinShenron Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the tips ^^
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