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team tardis wips by questionstar team tardis wips by questionstar
I'm not very good at artsplaining stuff but here goes.

1. ugly-ass rough sketch lol

2. second cleanup sketch, sometimes I will even do 3 layers of sketch before cleanup. thought a whole tardis would be better, expanded the canvas

3. cleanup, what I like to do instead of inking usually, helps define the forms better, digital inking makes my hand cramp up so I try to avoid it. Just forms, no values except for a bit in the hair so the texture is defined more.

4. shadows are black and painted on a layer above the drawing, the layer is faded to about 40% to test what degree of depth I want. Attacked sketch of tardis with the line tool in photoshop, done on a layer behind the people, and a flat gray opaque layer sandwiched between. Flat colors will go on that layer.

5. highlights on a new layer as well, 100% white so I can see exactly what I'm doing, its always easier to fade things than the other way around. Reset shadow layer to full opacity (well, maybe 80-90% or so)

6. flats. the moon is on its own layer w/ a few glow layer effects. not true "flats" on the tardis, it was colored with gradients.

7. this is what the flats look like with the shadow and highlight layers on top, shadows have normal blending mode, highlights have overlay. Spend some time messing with the opacity until I get a level of contrast that I like.

8. Added in starscape and glowing light fractals, woodgrain textures on tardis, used about 3 layers of different moon photos to get the texture. A couple of masked adjustment layers were used to make the blue "fog", one brightness/contrast and one hue/saturation.

9. This possibly the longest most annoying but also most significant step. Assumptions were made that I was finished at step 8. NEVER! Always cram in as much color as possible, that's my personal rule, because my favorite color is *~rainbow~*.
Locked the transparency on the drawing, shadow, and highlight layers, and started coloring. a LOT. 90% of the work went into coloring the drawing layer, this is where the minor shading plays a role, its basically like coloring in outlines, but with extra bits... skintone shading was purplish, red (around ears and noses), pink, most of the outlines are PURPLE and MAGENTA and a bit of dark blue, very very rarely black. The basic shadow layer is just flat purple, normal blending mode. I meant to do more with it but once I made it purple I liked it that way. Didn't really do anything to the highlight layer, but I did add some blurry circle gradients on the faces (also a seperate layer) The doctor's brainyspecs are also on a completely different layer btw. Billions of layers in this argh
This is a really really awesome way to color IMO because it makes it really easy to keep tweaking and nitpicking at it since the flats are still on a seperate layer... did random things like make jack's coat darker and fiddled with haircolors and skintones.

Since it seems probable that I'll never get around to making any proper tutorials *cough* feel free to ask questions and I will answer them to the best of my ability :>

I made a gif but it's only downloadable. blergh. So now I am uploading an annoyingly long jpg instead! Click for fullview
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TheAvianLimits Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I know this is really old, but I still got to ask. >_>
I have tried to use a similar "start with b/w and then color on a color-blended layer"-technique before, but my results always get really dull. Any tip at making it more vibrant? Could the issue be that I use too few tones?
varialome Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think i like it only until the 8th step
phryseth Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
TypicalWatson Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Student General Artist
Cool:) thats for sharing. i find step by steps rather intresting and I love the finished piece :)
sausage-of-joy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
So you paint directly on the drawing layer? & the shadow? or do you add a layer over them with some layer setting? (trying to figure out if it's like my own process or what you're doing it with haha).
I love your colors! Blue/purple is king!
questionstar Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
The drawn layer is on top of flat colors. It's originally black-on-transparent and then the transparency is locked so you can color it in! On top of that is the shadows layer done the same way, which I colored so its purple-on-transparent (normal blending mode also, but lower opacity I forget how much like 40% or something), and over that goes highlights (white on transparent, overlay blending mode), then random stuff that goes on top normally, like effects (I always do glasses on seperate layers so I can mess with the transparency of lenses and stuff).
taintedsilence Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Artist
Fantastic! (Or should I say brilliant!) Really neat to see!

Of course a tutorial like this really only helps if one has your level of skill :D
gatorvenom Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing your techniques. Very informative and useful. I just recently started trying to put shading and colors on different layers and really liked it for the amount of control it gives. Thanks.
SunaB Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
This is a fantastic walk-walkthrough/wip. I think it's an amazing process of going from simple sketch to finished work.

Thanks for sharing. =)
ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Faved and saved in a heartbeat, thanks for sharing this
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