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WARNING: OLD ART!! The art and comments in this Deviation may no longer represent the artist's current views or interests.

Attempted a different approach to digital painting by slapping colours over a grayscale base. His face looks off and this has fast become one of those pictures I hate the more I look at it.


--Sak
Aezar © Everquest II
All characters and artwork © Shamine Athena King
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:iconcaptain--kiki:
Captain--KiKi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha!! This is still amazing nonetheless!! He's lookin' good on my end!!
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Gellyh Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Grrr, dat hair, though....
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yzkethrag Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"If I crouch in this corner and use my "Third Eye" point of view spell I can see if there's any hostiles..."
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Sketcher53 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It just needs a tweak to the contrast and brightness and the addition of a few highlights and shadows.  Adding colour to a greyscale underpainting is just stage two of this method of digital painting, the finishing touches are what makes all the difference.  Perseverance is the key and I don't think you lack that SAK, you already know that practice is the key to good art.
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
There is a layer on top of it all where I went back over almost every part of this painting and added highlights in the hair, the face, and the armor. So it is there. Lighting and color theory is something I struggle with, though, as I was only formally taught it - and even then, only briefly in a color theory crash-course - within the last two years.
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Sketcher53 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I must admit I find all that theory a little complex and overwhelming myself, I find that it is far more useful to observe real life and use the information I gain from that observation.  That said I am far from being the practiced artist than many of the contributors on DA demonstrate themselves to be, and that is due to the fact that I rarely find inspiration and I practice far less than I should these days.

 

I am certain you will find a method that will suit you well and you will excel as you already do in your chosen form :)

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Aara-Cenz Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're one of those people who make great art and say it doesn't look good I'll have you know many people (and me) are jealous of you
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Well if you compare his face to the in-game graphics I'm going after, it looks completely wrong.
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Aara-Cenz Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Still nice though
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SoulSilverHeartGold Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You keep saying he doesn't look right, but he looks mighty fine to me! :flirty: 
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crystal-7-canyon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
You don't know how happy it makes me when I see your work in my notices. So I thought I'd tell you it's the best thing ever. :D 
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Aw, thank you!
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student General Artist
It looks awesome. I love the shading on his face and detail on his hair. And I absolutely adore visible, confident brushstrokes you're always making.
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Your digital paints are really good, and I'm sure you'll only get better, so that means a lot!
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! :iconkermityayplz:
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xSoulChaser Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you going to be posting this game's rp scenarios on your Tumblr too? :o
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I am no longer playing MMOs as avidly as I used to, and EQII is more of a filler for when I am just too tired to draw. I have no intention to log Aezar's RP, but might continue my SWTOR's toons adventures in more short comics as time goes by.
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xSoulChaser Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh okay, awesome :)
Yay, SWTOR!
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HestorNestor Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
When I have money i ask you a commission ^^
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ReddyArts Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013   Digital Artist
It looks great, Sak! I get the whole getting tired after continually looking at something you already don't care for. The joys of art!
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Shadow-Of-Nights Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hide yo' kids Hide yo' wife! He's stealing everybody's hearts! :D
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AnnRita45 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice....i like the shading alot, and his expression is priceless!
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AbadonX Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
*Totally imagines caboose from red vs blue saying "Sneaking" behind the vampire*
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PageOHaraWriter Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
If you merge all the grayscale layers into one (make sure you have a blank white fill layer underneath) and then paint over in a new layer in overlay mode, then you can mess with the opacity on the grayscale layer to make the colors more vibrant. Then you can mess with lighting/contrast and hue/saturation on top of those to bring back the contrast and give even more vibrancy. It definitely takes time and practice, I personally find drawing with color to start out with yields better results.
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, I'll give it a shot. We had a concept artist over at LASALLE to give us a masterclass on digital painting, and he began by drawing with values, which is why I attempted it again ... but you're right, it looks so much more vibrant in color.
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PageOHaraWriter Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's definitely a good way to start, I had a teacher start us with very dramatic light, just picking a dark and light skin tone and working from there and I found that helpful. It's fun to see your characters in different styles though, keep up the good work! :D
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I'll keep trying.
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Gellyh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Whooo! Curious to see how it'll turn out. Good luck.
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Shendin Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Maaaaan this ain't even fair! Whenever I try to go grayscale digitally it always ends up looking like an undefined blob. Heck, I have better luck with charcoals than with digital programs, photoshop included!
Feh. You people with your mad, mad speedpainting skills.

In other words, this looks great. Love his expression, and I love the lighting. Maybe you could play around with return lighting some more. I mean, it doesn't need it, but I think it's fun to mess around with because it makes everything pop. I'm excited to see where you'll take this!
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ImpChan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Artist
When we do an underpaint like that, I sometimes go through and tint it a little after the color layers are in. Usually I use a red or a brown, for richness, sometimes I break it up further and isolate areas of different tints using the color layers as a guide. It may or may not work for you, but if it helps, hurray!
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'll definitely give it a shot!
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thegriffin88 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sak, I just wanted to let you know that you are an inspiration and a role model to me. I hope I can be as awesome as you one day. :) 
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BretagneMuse Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
He looks like he's plotting something nefarious :-P
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Farbjous Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Well then, if the teacher says experiment, then experiment  I shall! (add all the innuendo's you feel like :wink:)
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Scringeheart505 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...You know, the only other character of yours who truly worries me with this expression is Laz'ab?
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Lenoa-of-Elacas Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's just something cute about this picture. Not 'two kittens in the same shoe' cute, but more like 'I'm sneaky' cute.
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Saria29 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh good luck. I love your art but diversity is good yes. :)
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Kunamichan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student General Artist
*cues the pink panther theme* :la:
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JimmyandtheSuncats Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student General Artist
This is really nicely done! On the subject of figuring out how to use a greyscale and add color after without colors getting wacked up... Might I suggest grey scaling like normal then turning the greyscales color to something like a dull purple (or just simply starting out with purples over white) and laying that over your colors on something like multiply, that can work nicely.  I have been experimenting with something like that, it can work nicely. Also sometimes the original colors you use don't work, can may have to use lighter or darker colors than you originally intended, but when you apply the layer mode they will match how you want.
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LadyKamling Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the work you done here. From his facial expression I get the sense that he's either plotting something, or he spies a potential victim.
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Sacha31 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome!!
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ArcanePhotographer Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
This looks really cool, though sadly all I'm seeing is Alucard from Hellsing :P
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CaffeinatedZombie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've done it with some varied success with multiply+overlay layers. It is somewhat counter-intuitive as far as color picking goes, but it's better than trying just the straight "color" layer setting in Photoshop. 
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HarleyTheGreat Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Man, he looks like a brat.
I love it.
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
HE LOOKS TOO YOUNG HERE. MUST KEEP WORKING ON THIS.
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HarleyTheGreat Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
HE'S IMMORTAL! AGELESS! YOUNG IS SUBJECTIVE!
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Renee-Niels Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't get enough of this guy's devious little smirk. :>
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I tried painting in grayscale and than coloring once and never again, I think it kills all the fun with shading + adds a lot of unnecessary work.
I think your works in this new style are great, keep it up :) I especially love visible brush strokes and shading on his face.
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
We've had several master classes at LASALLE in the past with professional concept artists and matte painters, and a lot of  them work in grayscale before adding color, which is especially handy for things like swatches. But I for the life of me cannot figure out how they do it.
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student General Artist
I think it also helps to figure out composition of lights etc.
I have no idea as well :(
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