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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).

Cheers!
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!
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Thunder-Star Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very useful! ;D
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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?
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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.
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Gonarsan Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great and useful! Thanks!
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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 ?
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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
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bssltn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you master!!!
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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.
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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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