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**Edit: I've added pause and play buttons, so you can stop it if you want to look at something closer, and I've stopped it from automatically looping.

I think it's also worth mentioning this: The most useful tool I have is the eye-dropper. I went into my wacom tablet settings and changed the right-click button to function as ALT instead, so that I can hold it while drawing and select colors. You can also just hold the ALT button on your keyboard, but I find it easier to do with one hand and that's important since I use it almost as much as the brush tool.

As far as process goes, once I've blocked in all the really rough colors, I use the eye-dropper to select and blend them. I very rarely introduce new colors to the image after I have everything blocked in.

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I wish I could actually use Flash. This took a lot longer to put together than I had expected. It had a bunch of commentary too, but I had problems exporting the text, so I took it out along with everything that only made sense when explained.

But I'll summarize it here. I think it's fair to say I spent half the time on this painting working on the composition and colors. So that's what's shown at the beginning of the video. I had a really clear image in my head of what I wanted, but it was really hard to transfer it to the canvas. I think after the last few paintings, I was used to working with more saturated colors than this called for.

xD Anyway, after that are so in-progress detail shots. It isn't really a tutorial, but I hope it's at least a little helpful. Or interesting.

Feel free to ask any questions.
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Dragondog2233 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.O. omg sammich. :iconspeechlessplz:
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student General Artist
.... sammich? xD
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Dragondog2233 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dont worry...I'm crazy. :crazy:
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mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn....o.o
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InceptusNovus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Do you actually just go through all the layers you have for color, and then readjust using the eye dropper tool? or do you fool around with your channels?

Beautiful piece. :)
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Which part of the process do you mean? x'D Um... for the beginning when I'm trying to figure out a palette, I use a lot of adjustment editors. For the actual details and stuff, I grab the color with the eyedropper, make it a little lighter or darker, and then put down a long (usually fur-like) strike. I usually use the eyedropper about every 10 strokes. As for actual photoshop channels, I've never been able to understand them. XD
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InceptusNovus Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
that answered my question! Thank you!
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Kiikothewolf Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW AMAZING! i love the detail and the shading! May i ask what program u did it in? :meow:
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Um... the art, or the slideshow here? X'D I painted it in photoshop and took screenshots along the way. Then I put them all together in Flash as a movie.
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Kiikothewolf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NICE! XD its sooooooooooooooooooo realistic I WUV IT :heart: i tottaly need photoshop ;A; all i have is freakig ms paint >:'( i hateeeee PAINT Grrrrrr.....lol XD
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Ooooh... >>; Well, Paint is good for pixel art! You know, I'd check out GIMP if I were you. I've never used it much, but I hear it compared to Photoshop a lot. Only it's free. Oh, and now DevArt has this new built in painting feature. Again, I haven't used it, but it has lots of awesome tools like Photoshop!
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Kiikothewolf Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D thanks 4 the heads up :heart: ill try out GIMP :meow:
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carpe--noctem Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Paint tool SAI is better of Gimp (in my opinion) :D
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carpe--noctem Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
than* lol, English |DD
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HorseloverDandy101 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Wow!
This is really good!
Where you planning on doing more ;)
Lorna x
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Student General Artist
You mean more process demonstrations like this? XD I have lots of in-progress shots saved, so I could make more if you're interested.
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HorseloverDandy101 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Definatly! Your a brillaint artist, and its awsome to see how you do it!
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Enders-Playlist Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
Wow! I am officially inspired. I love your style, your skill, just everything :) It's cool to see someone else with a character with chickenish feet :)
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks. :D Chicken feet are fun to draw, as I'm sure you understand.
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Novarock Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
wow ! OO
just amazing :dummy:
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Artistic-dribbles Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
So beautiful. And HOW did you make that animation? is there a tut somewhere online to do stuff like that?

Im horrible with flash and any other animation program and that was such a nice way to showcase a wip instead of a line of 50 pics. :P
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Student General Artist
Well, I guess the process wasn't that complicated, but I have so little experience with Flash that it took me forever to figure this out. x'D Basically, I saved a bunch of jpegs of the work in progress, then imported them to the stage one at a time, each on a new layer. I converted each image to a simple so that I could change the alpha/opacity to get it to fade. Each image is visible for about 25 frames before it transitions to the next image.
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wolf-fang30 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
i don't know how you do it. honestly. amazing
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Kaiyton Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
godly.
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0-Mooncry-0 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
this is perfect!:faint:
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Shersepski Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Really interesting how you put down the solid base colours and then work on from those. Niiice.
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Student General Artist
You mean the characters colors? Actually, that parts kind of misleading. x'D I was going to try putting the base colors down, and then modify them to fit the shadows, but I couldn't get it to work, so I wound up painting it over again from scratch, using the base-color layer as a pattern for the markings. There are two slides that show the base colors - in the second one I switched the two dogs, because I didn't like having all the cool colors on one side of the canvas, and all the warm on the other.
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Twilight-Veil Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this. I now feel like my small random sketches can turn into something so beautiful. It's so amazing to see that you started out with just flat colors and simple shading here and there, and then turned into a gorgeous detailed work of art.
Beautiful! :heart: Look at those eyes!
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student General Artist
A picture has to start somewhere. I suppose a sketch is an easier place than some. :)

And I guess I should explain. I didn't wind up using the flat colors. At that point I realized that I had forgotten to take into account the character's markings when I was blocking everything in, so I eye-dropped colors from the ref sheets to see which character to put where. Then I started over on another layer, painting in colors that I thought matched the markings and the lighting of the scene. That was the hardest part, because of my mistake. XD
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Twilight-Veil Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. Haha, well it turned out beautifully all the same! Especially, the lighting. I always find that's the hardest thing to do.
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Azuresky713 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
wow.....you're amazing! just WOW :D i love the fur detail...must have taken forever!!!!
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student General Artist
Actually, I think it took a lot less time than the background or the overall colors, just because I didn't have to experiment as much. XD
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Azuresky713 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
ah, well taht makes sense :D well it is overall excellet! your attention to detain is awesome :)
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Frez363048 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
OMFG! That is amazing! AH-MAY-ZING O_o
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Kezrek Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, now this is amazing. It's great to see how you work!
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I found this reasurring actually :XD: it didn't look so hard to do from this animation, perhaps I'll give true realism another go. :aww: Thanks!
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student General Artist
Haha. XD It's not! For me, it's just a matter of building up brush strokes and getting the shadows right. You should totally try it again, if it's what you like. =D
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Yeah it is! :D Whenever I tried it before, my attempts always looked really wrong to me. I'm gonna try to see if I can do it your way. :aww: I can do realistic sketches, so I should be able to paint realistically right? *hopeful* Thanks for posting this up again, it really does help. :D
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Tazihound Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
wow, that is so interesting to watch! I love that you focus on big blocks of color first, then add the details pertaining to those colors. Again, amazing work!
And thank you SO much for the watch! 0_0!! :heart:
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student General Artist
I find that figuring out the whole composition first makes the final product a lot more cohesive. Otherwise, you're kind of just throwing things together and you don't know for sure if it'll work. I find that blocking everything in first also prevents me from getting sucked into the minute details to the extent that I neglect the big picture.

And no problem. XD I love your characters. They have so much energy and personality! And they're wonderfully rendered.
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Tazihound Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
thank you for the tips! I definitely agree, planning out a good composition first makes a lot of sense :)
and thank you SO much! :heart:
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Ospi2ki Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist
*0* dsskbdsk!!!
:heart:
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the-reader Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
Good lord o.o You put the uh... detail. In detail. This is amazing.
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Student General Artist
Haha. x'D Thanks!
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Rans-green-moon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! awsome as always KlakKlak :) That picture really inspires me to draw more!
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Realshock Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
Woooowww coool =D
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Pcaara Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's very detailed. Man, you're good :omg:
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