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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 Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.O. omg sammich. :iconspeechlessplz:
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KlakKlak Feb 14, 2012  Student General Artist
.... sammich? xD
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Dragondog2233 Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dont worry...I'm crazy. :crazy:
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mysteriouswhitewolf Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn....o.o
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:iconinceptusnovus:
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 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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:iconinceptusnovus:
that answered my question! Thank you!
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Kiikothewolf 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 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 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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