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Twilight Wolf Progress by Woodland-Mel Twilight Wolf Progress by Woodland-Mel
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Sorry it's so large actually but, if I made it any smaller, I don't think the changes would have been very noticeable :(

More info on the original. [link] Someone suggested I add some text to these to explain what I'm doing. I'm really bad with words, but I like the idea so I'll try it. I used photoshop CS3 and a wacom tablet on my boyfriends monster custom computer (Hardly any chug ;)) Here's the basic breakdown, I'm sure I forgot stuff though:

1. a sketch. I wanted to challenge myself to do some perspective. A howling wolf was already a challenge though, I never really have distorted mouths.

2. adding to the sketch, and some blocked color to see how it will fit

3. refined the sketch a little.

4. added more color and refinement

5. added more solid colors

6. Whited out the color so I could start the base. I had problems before, with being overwhelmed by link's markings, so I was going to do a white base and then overlay the colors.

7. Used the under sketch to make a base.

8. Refined it some and added some lines over that

9. refined it more

10. not much change

11. added some over color

12. looked at where his side swirl would be

13. used liquify and changed his shape a little. Arched his stomach up more, pulled his back hip in, fattened his back legs up, tucked his mane more into his back because it was making the perspective all weird.

14. I hated his eyes so they got changed here. I also refined his coat a little and there are some more sketch lines.

15. Started to redo the front paw I hated. added more fur to the under layer

16. refined him some more and worked on his color some more

17. changed the eye more, added some overlay glow to his coat

18. Started blocking in the background concept

19. Added sketch lines to the background concept

20. blocked out some color

21. picked out the shapes a little more with some sketch lines

22. Checked it all together. This is my favorite version of the background. I could not get the colors like this in the final. I hate how I feel I have so little control over what I'm drawing

23. Was so uninspired on how I should execute the look. I fumbled around for quite a while

24. Decided just to draw every line for every rock

25. hated it, didn't know where to go with it

26. Decided just to block over most of the work on the road and liked it more

27. started adding more solid colors in layers. The road is a grouped set of layers, the plant life on the sides of the road are another grouped set of layers. The castle and hills are another grouped set -and the wolf is a grouped set. You can tell here that the wolf looks sketchy. I had added a quick, dark, outline so his outline was broken up from the background (because without it my eye was getting lost) and so I could tell where he was placed while I had the solid part of him turned off to work behind him.. It's not really on his permanent layers.

28. Started on some foreground plants. I still really didn't know how I wanted to proceed on the background so these got too labored. I ended up deleting them. One of the other main reasons is that they covered up his joints and I just didn't like that.

29. More work on the foreground plants.

30. More work on them. This is about when I deleted them and decided how I was going to work on the background. I was inspired by a few of my favorites, the lotus and their colors (I've had lotus) are very much like one. I'll find the link and edit it in here when I get back from the woods with my sister.

31***. It looks like a lot has happened. Even though I know I saved it, I somehow completely lost my ninth save state, which is basically when I did all the work on the background.

The funny thing is, even though it looks like a lot, all I did was sketch out more solid lines and then just start painting over them in a layer. So there wouldn't really be too much to show. I didn't pay real close attention to color, just the shapes of the plants. This ended up causing me a lot of trouble later, so there are a lot of masks and overlay layers to do things like tone down the hot spots on the trunks, normalize some of the Smurf-like colors, mask the road off so I could tone down the foliage without bleeding the road out, etc. My boyfriend showed me some layer and masking tricks. He's been using photoshop since version 1. He's the photoshop master.

I used a screen shot of the TP castle to get the towers in the right spot. I made a very simple diamond/leaf shaped flat brush and painted the under color of a lot of the leaves that way.

32. I added some over color to give the plants some "sunlight" glow. I also messed with the tree trunks a lot because I really didn't like them. I never got them how I felt I wanted them. they felt out of place to me

33. I duplicated a photo of some branches all over the place. I decided I didn't like it because it was so messy

34. This is what it looks like with the one texture overlay I'd been using and another 2 layers of flat color to change the tone of things.

35. More smurf-a-licious color. I had to punch it up so it looked like something more deliberate with the overlays on. I finished up some unfinished areas on the background. I also added some more masks and stuff to the trees

36. I added some shadow in another layer.

37. And this is about it with all the extra layer crap. I fixed the chain on the wolf so it wasn't just a sketch and started to refined his outline.

38. I scaled him up because I thought it looked better.

***To the final: [link]
I added shadow on him and some glow.
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ArtistKnight332 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this picture <3
MrsIshida0560 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
kewl! ^^

So what if you can see the darkest side of me?
Somebody help me tame this animal I have become!
-Three Days Grace
ApacheCove Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what brushes do you use to give this such a nice, textured, watercolory feel? o.o
Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Just the standard round brush with a pressure transparency. I don't even really know how to add new brush sets.

I did add a "grunge" texture from CGTextures and put it either on overlay or soft-light. That's what you're seeing in some of the images and would probably be what you're referring to.
ApacheCove Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thank you! yes, that's what I meant, it's this speckly kind of texture that makes it look more natural and painted, I love it. Thanks. :)
REINDE-ER Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Student General Artist
... *dies*
Ahkward Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! This helps so much! I love seeing the way the project was made, rather than just the final result! Very nicely done! ^^
DJ88 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow freaking epic steps 8o
marthlovesroy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn. That progression is awesome!
AstroRobyn Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Man this is really helpful. I still feel like such a photoshop novice because I never use masks. I never understood what to do with them. I'm really glad you made this though. I am constantly inspired by your work! In fact for my senior project I presented your art to the class as a source of inspiration for my film. Thanks for continuously making such magnificent work. It may be hard to be happy with yourself, but you should know there are others out there that really admire you.
talyafera Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008   Digital Artist
This is fascinating. I studied every single step. Thank you for putting this together! :heart:

What resolution were you working at?
Elenath- Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
My eyes are bleeding from the beauty :heart:
Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
That's an awesome mental image X)
LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Oh, btw, what is liquify you mention on step 13? And you said you were overlaying each color of his fur. Did you block each color on separate layers, including the lines?
Reading all that you wrote made me realize that no matter how good we (in this case, you) are, we're never totally happy with what we do.
Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Gads, totally. I know I'll never be completely happy with any of my art. I enjoy it, and love it, but I'm always like: "I wish I could have done that better!" then gets totally*emo,* then gets depressed about how shitty I think I am and will always be, then more *emo,* then feels disgusting for being so whiny and decides that I'll never be whiny again... HAH :) That's about how it goes every time I've worked on something for the last, almost 30, years :)

I could rework a piece non-stop for the rest of my life if I weren't so so lazy and didn't know better.

Any-who; liquify is a really cheap-trick, but sometimes awesome, filter (you'll find it at the top filter option list in most versions of photoshop) that allows you to move stuff in the piece around in a pretty organic way. It can be over used, if you go to a gift card isle, and see photo's of animals with insanely large eyes or noses, that, my friend, is the dark side if liquify. But if something, like an elbow, is a little too low, just use liquify to move it and, if you use it right, none of the art connecting to that area needs to be messed with. It's kind of like a really smart smudge tool.

A lot of the lines were in separate layer, but some were on the base layer of the wolf- the one that had no color, it was just grayscale. Most of the color was done pretty much on one layer and that was set to Multiply so the base layer details would show through. I then added a little more color over that color layer and set it either to soft light or overlay to get more of a glow effect.
LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
Oooh, I know how you feel, always the "I wish I could have done better". I go through the same process of being emo, haha.

Found the magical liquify tool. And man, it's already my best friend xD It's great when you're sketching on the computer. And I know about the animals you talk about |o|

Oh, I see. You have a very different style from mine. I guess I need to practice doing backgrounds to be as good as you ;)
LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Whoa,just...whoa. You rock, did you know that? Your method is so interesting, and you do backgrounds so perfectly!
kung-fukittie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is freaking gorgeous. Your talent totally amazes me everytime. :O Thanks so much for sharing this with us! :D
vynovegil Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O_____O omg wow!
Phoenix-rising-high Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
hooooly shit. O.O
this is seriously over the top coolness
MurakisSlave Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Wow!! Quite the process!!
earthspring Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Wow. What a process.

I loved looking at this. ;_;
ewanshah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
i look very nice
so beatiful........
& nice drawing
Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Yeah, it's pretty crazy. This isn't even as insane as some of my other ones D: I'm usually all over the place. Thanks, I'm glad you liked looking at it, they're kind of fun to post
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