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Quickie Tutorial: Color and Composition by Quarter-Virus Quickie Tutorial: Color and Composition by Quarter-Virus
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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 The art and comments in this Deviation may no longer represent the artist's current views or interests.

The last tutorial I made was years ago. I'm no good at teaching but hopefully this answers most questions about my process.

Honour Amongst Shoguns by Canadian-Rainwater


--Sak
All characters and artwork © Shamine Athena King
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funsizedOtaku Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Student General Artist
I love how Louis is a geisha.
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rabidpanda1 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for this.  I was getting rather frustrated trying to self teach myself this process.
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TheQueenMox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This has to be the best traditional and digital mixed tutorial I have ever seen. Very well done! C: I'm actually using this tutorial right now on my own work. ;w; <3
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NoNoKoHime Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Thank you very much<3 You are very good in teaching(even though you think you're not =))
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theassassinnox Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great tutorial!  You've clearly answered my questions (and with pictures!)  The image has be cackling. <3

Thank you!
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phoenixn91 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is one of the best and simplest (and clearest of course, can't forget that) tutorials on photoshop i've seen before...thanks!
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ImaginationSlave Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're process and explanations are really well detailed.  Thank you for taking the time to make this, it's greatly appreciated! :D
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MondoArt Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always loved and admired your style... even without colors, the pencils were so mesmerizing ^^
thank you for this :) very very helpful
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mabelfish Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
How long did it take you to do the whole process?
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Because of the scale of this picture, the colouring alone took me about two days solid, and a day for the sketch and lineart.
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mabelfish Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow. Thanks for the reply, fantastic work!
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Nectarino Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The end result... wow. So much detail. I'm especially digging the background. I can't imagine just how much time it probably took you to do all this. :O
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SgtRaven Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you Miss Shamine!
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Silencelabyrinth Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Argh, thank you so much! I'm blown away by the picture you were working on, you explained everything greatly! Will definitly be using this tutorial :)
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad it's helpful!
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Shadow-Of-Nights Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning work! Just stunning! The flow and patterns in this picture just move me around in every direction and towards every detail. The body motions are great and believable! The coloring and shading is spot on! Thanks for the tutorial!
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ghamgen Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanx to the explanation, But I think it takes a lot of times to paint one picture. I always do easier way than your if I have a crowd picture... I put the picture to one layer, then I select it by the wand ,delete the white parts,the only thing which remains is the sketch, finally I paint the background with the brush.
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Yobi-chan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! You're the first I've seen who made a tutorial in which it is explained HOW to use the layers and WHAT the layer settings do!
This means I finally have something to start from when wanting to learn to draw digitally : D
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm sure there are others out there somewhere, but I'm glad I could help. =)
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Yobi-chan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sure there is, I've just not found a decent one yet (:
So thanks. You could (:
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InYuJi Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
do you use some sort of "Special blue pencil"?
Or can you use a light blue colored pencil?
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I use a standard 0.7 mechanical lead pencil.
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InYuJi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
that's for the blue? or for the actual pencil?
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ScriptorSapiens Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
OMFG, this was a HUUUUGE help! I have had SUCH TROUBLE trying to get my line-art to work in photoshop, and none of the other tutorials helped me AT ALL!! THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By the way, I love Honor Among Thieves! Awesome work!
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
YOU'RE WELCOME. And thank you!
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SpyroShurtagul Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
that is the best idea of coloring and working with drawings digitally that I have ever seen. I have a very whispy style, i've been told, and it's always been hard to scan and color that. this makes total sense. thank you SO much for this tutorial! I will try it and see how much better they can be :)
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
You are most welcome!
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SpyroShurtagul Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
^_^
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HidanNoYugakure Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Before that I drew the image, then scanned it and then I had to draw it again on PC...it took so long!!
I with I could do this "Multiply" step, but I du not have such a great program like Photoshop CS4 so I can't do this T__T
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That's unfortunate. I find that if you plan on doing something artistic for a living, it helps to dish out the extra dollars to afford the proper programs. =/
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araca Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Thank you! Many useful tips here :)
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Scringeheart505 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know I already posted something similar to this, but THANK YOU again for this! I recently finished my first CS4 drawing, and your methodology totally saved my bacon. The finished art [link] was so much easier to accomplish than my usual method, ie, tracing over my pencil lines with the brush tool in photoshop. So, again, thanks a bunch.
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
You are most welcome. I'm glad it helped you out, and that picture is very cute. =) Reminds me of a character from a children's book I used to love, who was a little girl in some rainbow land ... I can't remember her name though. Too bad!
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Scringeheart505 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ehh...Rainbow Bright? Maybe? That's the only rainbow-girl that comes to mind...
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shoulderfriends Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
I always like seeing how people do things
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kaoriandyoshi1 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
i just realized that the initials for "Honour Amongst Thieves" spells 'hat'. i love your hat. ^-^
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DawnOfGods Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's amazing! I'm shit at backgrounds and detailed clothing, but seeing your work and steps kind of motivates me to get better! Thanks for sharing!
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zakniteh Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Good gravy, that is amazing. Well, I already recognize most of the steps since I do that myself, but just seeing your process makes me appreciate your work and this particular piece so much more. Even as an artist, I often forget just how much time, blood, sweat, and tears goes into creating anything. The amount of detail you put into the background and the outfits is wonderful! It just rocks!
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much! I hear you there. Sometimes I'm looking at someone else's art thinking "How do they do that so fast?!" before realizing it probably took them days of work.
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zakniteh Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Crazy how easily we forget. Also, I'd like to apologize since I realize that I sound cocky and full of myself in my original comment. For that, I apologize. Your work truly is wonderful though! :)
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AliceKaninchenbau Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing I can not even
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rymae Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Holy potatoes this is great! I love seeing how other artists work and since I like your style a lot, it's really cool we get to see this :3 ! Might not fully use it 100% as a tutorial, but always nice to know, and most likely will use some of the tips/steps in future works ^^ (if I ever get to do some D: ...). Knew the coloured pencil sketch from dear :iconlakritz-tee: but didn't know for the clearing up, so thanks a bunch ^^! Always good to learn new ways of doing things :3
(Haha, I fully understand your 'annoyance' (should I say that? Man I can't put words on my thoughts today) when you added the texture layer xD! Already spent over 6h on something that ended up being covered by texture/other effects ... Not unhappy of the final results but still feel like part of my work 'got wasted' x') ...)
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
And yet a part of you know that if you don't color it properly underneath, it won't look nearly as nice once the textures are in there. *sobs*
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rymae Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Exactly :(
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SpringSmiles Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You make it seem so easy! But I already know you're very talented.
Thank you, Sak. I'm going to try it some time!
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straightx Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Do you have any tips for super clean line art?
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Practice.
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ArtSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So... I'd like to totally thank you for this tutorial. I've been toying with a progression WiP of a few OC's of mine and using as many of the techniques here as I can (more so for the learning experience). So far I'm quite happy!

Thank you!
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RyuuseiRosuto Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I just tried the blue pencil/graphite technique that you use, and I have to say I am completely thrilled. Thank you so much for posting this!
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fishandman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
wildly incredible. thank you!
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