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Beowulf Step by Step Part 1 by Level20Artist Beowulf Step by Step Part 1 by Level20Artist
This is a step by step for the first piece in my Beowulf series. I had never posted a step by step before but thought some might be interested in my process.

I treat my digital work the same as I do a traditional painting. I start with a finished drawing then do a flat color wash as an underpainting. I also change the actual color of the linework as well, this I do in my traditional by tracing my drawing with colored pencils, or by printing out the drawing in a different color before mounting.

After that I roughly block in my colors and values, colorpicking from my original studies, it helps save lots of time.

Then I re-work and refine everything, make any appropriate changes until I finish. That is a very rough summation of my process but I figure it helps.

But if anyone has any questions about my process I will gladly answer them. I hope you find this informative.

The original can be seen here [link]

J. Edwin Stevens/level20artist
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Hana-me-no-tenshi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student General Artist
awesome did you use a reference for the human? :)
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Level20Artist Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I did actually. I even had a stand in for Grendel. I usually like to collect as much reference as I can. If you want to see how I use it I posted a sample of one of my shots on my blog. [link] This was shot for a different piece in my Beowulf series but it is the same model.

Also thank you very much for the favs.
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Hana-me-no-tenshi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student General Artist
you are very welcome! ill check it out! ;)
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very nice and interesting too. I am a fan of Beowulf.
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Level20Artist Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much I am glad you like it. It is always good to get approval from fans of the source material. =)
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Prime-Epitome Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Always interesting to see the progression of a piece. I almost enjoy the growth of art over the final product sometimes; the final product is by no means "booring," but it's kind of like watching a person you've known since infacy grow to adulthood...especially an individual you had a hand in nurturing.
I may not understand the technicality of the variou steps, but it's pretty "cool" seeing it grow like it has.
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Level20Artist Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
HAHA well i am very glad you like to see my process. And as always thank you for the in-depth and thoughtful comments.
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paexiedust Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
I see. I always seperate my lineart from the white page in photoshop then I use paint where I do as you explained to another deviant~

beautiful work btw~
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Level20Artist Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much. I am very glad you like it. And it is very cool you use a similar process to me.
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paexiedust Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
I'm still learning though~ I love your technique:heart:
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Level20Artist Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much. I really appreciate that. =)
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airaquila Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student General Artist
So you leave your drawing on the canvas layer and add a multiply layer ontop of it?
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Level20Artist Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Actually I do my set up in Photoshop first. I make 2 layers in PS the bottom layer is the flat color layer and then the drawing is on top as a multiply layer. I then save as a psd and open that in Painter.

In Painter the canvas layer is just there and I ignore it. This way I can paint above or below my drawing. I usually start painting and blocking colors underneath then when I get more "opaque" I work on layers above the drawing layer,
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airaquila Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student General Artist
I see!
I don't know if you know this, but there is a way to lift your drawing to another layer in Painter. It's just a bit more tedious... Never the less, I think you'll save time on doing it in Photoshop anyway.
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Level20Artist Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I have tried figuring out a way to lift from the canvas layer but I just find it to be pointless when like you said I can save time in PS. But yeah I do not know how to do it. And at least the way I paint the canvas layer serves no purpose.
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airaquila Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Student General Artist
I'm curious why Corel have made perma-locked.
Anyhow! This is how you lift your drawing up; Select>Auto Select, pick Image Luminance. Create a new layer and keep it as your active layer. Edit>Fill (Or ctrl+F)
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Level20Artist Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I see I will have to test it out to see if it is worth it.
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