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Process and Tips by strangelykatie Process and Tips by strangelykatie
For those who were interested, hereís a quick process gif of how I make my pics! The words below arenít meant as a Hereís How You Do It - frankly, most of my knowledge I picked up myself and is therefore entirely fallible. Hopefully it will illuminate you on how I personally go through my pictures :)

Everything is done in Paint Tool SAI, with pretty much just the default settings.

Inking - A lot of people asked about this. The reality is, I literally just blow the pic resolution up to 200%, take the default Ink Pen tool in SAI, and draw. However I do have some tips and tricks to get lines looking nice, which I will put into a separate tutorial.

Colour - I ALWAYS start with a ground, then base all my colour choices against it. I donít really have much ďtechnicalĒ advice on picking colours, but I always try to think about the balance (USE THE FUCK out of that little thumbnail image in the top left corner), use contrast to create focus, and make sure it isnít too bland or even. Also, experiment!

Shading - I always pick my light source first, then block all the shading in really rough and loosely before going in and tidying it up (again, default pen tool). Donít just shade with tone, shade with colour. And donít just go darker, working in lighter tones towards the opposite edge (I typically use the default airbrush with lower opacity) will really bring your shading to life.

Highlights - AKA, the fun part :D I usually go with a contrasting colour to the shading, and simply pick up the areas that need it. Then on a separate layer, I do the highlight and lowlight lines, picking up colours from the highlights and lowlights respectively and running it along the edges for a juicy~~ look

Adjustments - Some people think that using overlay layers is ďcheatingĒ. OK cool. I donít. You still need to have a good taste and good eye to make sure you donít go overboard. In this pic, I wanted to create a little more contrast between the warmer yellows and cooler purples, so using an airbrush on light settings I made broad sweeps over the desired areas.

I hope thatís some help to people! Feel free to ask me any questions you might have- I know text isnít always as helpful as pictures, but I ended up not having much time this weekend. OTL Sorry dudes!!

Also many apologies for the wall of text.

Also, I know this is not Pixel Art. DeviantART, in their great wisdom, has decided that animated gifs cannot go into any other category. In short, what the fuck.
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bloodymuffins Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Ah! Beautiful!! :heart:
Teach me master!
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Dethspider Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love watching these things. The colours on this are fantastic.
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Coyotmar Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW, Thanks for sharing I love the colors ;)
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kaen604 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I'm just wondering, by default ink pen tool, do you mean in the lineworks-type layer? Or is it in the regular layers?

This is completely lovely!
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strangelykatie Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope, I never use the lineworks-layer in SAI- I don't know how! I just use the Ink Pen Tool on default settings :>
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kaen604 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, then your linework is even more impressive!!! That is super amazing!!!
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bear48 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional
you do nine work
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strangelykatie Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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Ozkumeti Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Oooh~ Thanks for uploading, this is very helpful. =D Also, beautiful picture period.

Hm. I honestly think my favourite is the second-to-last step, just because I liked being able to see the shading under the cheeks. In the last step, it was gone from the left side. :c

(also yeah I watched the 5-second version haha)
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strangelykatie Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks man! Yeah, it is important to make sure the finishing touches don't overwhelm the piece. I'll bear that in mind in future!
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