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Old Blind Man - Step by Step by FabianMonk Old Blind Man - Step by Step by FabianMonk
First off! Pencils by the ever amazing Creon!
Colors by me.

Some people have been requesting a step by step for some time now, and seeing as how I had nothing better to do yesterday, I whipped this up. Software I used was Photoshop CS, and the brush was a "light textured brush" (or something like that) from the wet media brushes!

General things about this image:
- I layed down relatively dark flats, and one even darker shadow layer underneath the lineart (which I set to multiply this time - usually I use a different method, but it doesn't make a huge difference).
- All the highlights are on a layer above the the lineart (I did a total of 4 layers of highlights, getting progressively lighter/warmer).
- As you can see, I try not to use just dark and light tones of the same color. I don't shade my red with dark red, but with a dark purple/gray. I also don't use only light red for highlights, but I like to stray as far as a bit of orange (not too visible in this one though).
- Yes, the flat color for skintone is green. This is something entirely new to me, and I never tried doing this before now, but I've come to realise that a lot of extremely highly talented painters have a greenish (sometimes even blueish) undertone in the shadows of their skintones. So this was an experiment, and it's not my usual way of doing skintones, but I liked the result and will be sure to play around with it in the future.
- The step by step process for the beard isn't shown, because I totally put all the render on one layer by accident. But the process is exactly the same as for anything else (hatching is does the trick more than anything, here).
- I upped the hue/saturation and brightness/contrast values on the last step.

Feel free to ask questions (as long as I didn't already answer them above - I reserve the right to ridicule you in case you ask why the flat color for his skintone is green, for example).

And I think I'll post a step by step of a less experimental coloring process in the future (allthough I use the techniques and color build-up shown in this one almost all the time).
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ReddyArts Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013   Digital Artist
This is really helpful!
Thunder-Star Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very useful! ;D
IsaacJLitman Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is phenomenal, I read that you used Photoshop for this, but your execution of this piece makes it look traditional, what would you recommend for brushes?
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This piece is really ancient, so I use completely different brushes by now.

As far as what I would recommend though - well I would recommend a brush that suits your tastes...
If you want to create the feeling of rough textures and strokes, use a brush with a rough texture. Conversely, if you want smooth strokes use a smoother brush. That's pretty much how I do things most of the time these days.
Gonarsan Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great and useful! Thanks!
dwa-cztery Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
2 things

1. Do you use ( not always but on some parts ) selection tool , on that piece u didnt i see but on other ?
2. Lot your works got some nice texture on it , or i only see there some texture but there isnt :) , do u use some specified texture or it is just photoshop grain filter blured and set with overlay ( ? ) opacity ?
Velven Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Really really looking forward to trying this out, especially the green skintone, who'da thought? :D
bssltn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you master!!!
mandelak Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Filmographer
This is awesome got a good understanding on just looking at the images. What I do like is how the colours blend so nicely. might try something similar when I get time.
Rizey Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
I have a question.. Did you start of with a scanned picture of the pencil lines? Or were the lines already done digitally?
I have a pencil sketch and I'm converting it to digital coloring, but I'm kind of lost..
Do I line it again digitally over the pencil lines? Or is there another way..?
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