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    Cow C.O.W. - #059: Creek Crawler - Official Tutorial by JakkaS

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    COW #059 - Creek Crawler

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    JakkaS:
    "I start with few sketches, ideas but usually I know how the creature should look. So I am drawing a few variants of the chosen idea. Here are they with the brushes I have used for this painting.



    When I have my sketch, I make a blank new image and start drawing. I use the sketch but usually don’t work on them. When I am drawing it from the beginning, I have the opportunity to draw a few things in a different way or sometimes just by accident, I can find some new ideas.

    When I have my sketch, I can make a layer for first colors. I don’t start with grayscale like most of u do. Reason? I was trying it but I wasn’t satisfied. The colors were dirty and everything was too flat. Anyway, I start with my basic colors and when the colors are ok, I usually make the picture flat again (sometimes I work on many layers but not this time).

    At this moment, I work only with brushes. I don’t have any special technique so there is nothing to share with u. Maybe next time .

    After the drawing is finished I usually experiment with custom brushes or by adding the dirt, I am trying to make the picture more interesting. I use for this second layer set on multiply or other filter – I am still experimenting with this.


    Below u can fine the work steps and my final.

    Photoshop, about 10-11 hours.
    Last edited by Fozzybar; October 14th, 2006 at 11:18 AM.


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    Final Image

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    WIPs and steps

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    Enjoy, ask and discuss!

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    Interesting. Do you ever lasso stuff and tweak the hue saturation value as you get closer from mid-point to final?

    Its also cool to see you refine and edit ideas out of the picture... like the eyestalks coming out of the water.

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    Wow, nice to see the progress mr. Jakkas. Love the little thumbs.

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    thx man.. very nice.. how manny layers (just curious )

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    Always absorbing ideas and methods constantly. Thanks for the breakdown on your great entry, Jakkas.

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    i've always wondered "how you do it" and now ....the answer! Thanks great stuff, I like the thumbs as well I need to start doing that more often. You're a master of polish that's for sure, whether its in the design of the subject or the execution. I look forward to seeing more of these.

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    I'd like to see a step 3 1/2. It went fairly quickly from a colored sketch to an unfinished painting. But beggars can't be choosers, I guess. Awesome to see a master at work.

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    Just love how you shrimped his eyes in the final haha

    Thx and keep up the good work !

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    I like shrimps too man.

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    This is a great tutorial, thanks for sharing this with everyone!

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    this is the best idea! i love tutorials =)

    this truly amazing jakkas, i hope that you will continue doing tut´s!

    awesome pic.

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    Jakkas, you are the man. When are you gonna display your work on FF?

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    Hey one question to add

    When you are using your bruch - what sort of settings do you tend to have it on, as in terms of opacity, flow etc

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    Talking

    Sorry Guys, I was quit busy.

    Michael Jaecks – Of course I use them. But usually in the last stage of work. However, I noticed that playing with layers gives more interesting effects then using hue or saturation. When I want to change some color or gives some dirt/texture, I create empty layer and use some custom brushes with random color. Just to try making the picture more interesting. I draw some shapes over the surface I want to change and the I set the layer to on of the filter – multiple, darken etc. Different settings gives different effects, but accidentally u could find something cool.

    Supervlieg – Thx

    Joey-b – For this one 3. One for the background and the creature (sometime I separate them), one for the Ambers and details and one for text. I usually create additional layers when I am not sure if the idea I want to try will be fine. If the details or colors I am trying are good I making the picture flat again.

    AztcFireFlower -

    Stephan_R – Thank u…I think I will make at least one more in the future ….if FOZZ will agree.

    Moai – This is my first “tutorial”. Next time I will make more steps and probably I will write more comments.

    KaWaii – Thx

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    BANCK – Thx, I think there will be more!

    cognition.sb – hehehe, I think it will be soon. I don’t have any choice… Too many people asking for that. U see, I still don’t have good portfolio but I am close to finish it. When I throw my old works and put the new ones will make my thread on FF.

    Tom Garden – It is always an experiment. Usually I use only few brushes with standard settings. When I create a new one, it looks like that, [this is Polish version but u can see what I have set]. Btw, when I am drawing I set flow 90-100% and then a use keys from 1 (10%) to 0 (100%) to changing the opacity. It depends how much of color I want to add.

    C.O.W. - #059: Creek Crawler - Official Tutorial by JakkaS

    Sorry if the answers are not clear enough but for me it’s hard to explain something in English. I hope, I it was useful.
    Cheers
    Kuba
    Last edited by JakkaS; September 11th, 2006 at 07:24 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JakkaS
    I think I will make at least one more in the future ….if FOZZ will agree.
    I agree

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    Hey Jakkas, thanx for showing the process. I love seeing how other artists work.

    question: What resolution do you work at (sorry if you have already answered this).

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    Vampire Ninja - I work at 2000-3500px /300dpi

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    Neat. This is cool.

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    Thx Chuck...I hope u will be the next
    btw, thx for the vote in the last round

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    Your style rocks dude!
    Do you look allot at photographs for water and such?

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    kick ass dude. I am just starting to learn the ins and outs of digital painting and this is a great tutorial to aid me on my way.

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    Thanks for puting that tutorial together for us! It definitely leaves me asking for more. Damn I miss not being able to paint.

    Are you just using photoshop?

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    Fozzybar, JakkaS, thanks for putting this together! I'm excited to see your c.o.w. 100 results too.

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    Hehe wlasnie przeczytalem ze studiwales w Polsce....
    Muj brat studiwal na ASP w Krakowie...
    Ale rodzina sie przeniosla do Szwajcarij w 81...
    Fajnie jest ciebie tutaj poznac....i przepraszam jak muj polski pisemny nie jest naj lepszy ( nigdy sie tego naprawde nauczylem ;-))
    Pozdrawiam!!!

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