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I don't know which category to submit this to because I don't think it qualifies as a tutorial due to the lack of explanations. lol (I have to say, though, that I really don't have many tricks in sleeves... I just paint the same place over and over again until it looks right "orz)

This was my first attempt at doing a coloured painting starting from black and white. I think it makes getting the right values easier, but the overall process was very time-consuming (as I pretty much had to do the painting twice). Maybe I just haven't figured out the shortcuts. =\
Most of my time were spent between 3 and 4, and between 6 and 7.

Btw, if there's a step that you'd like to see more explanations on, let me know in the comments and maybe I can make a tutorial that's...actually a tutorial.

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Finished work: [link]
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Maychery Featured By Owner Edited Dec 19, 2014  Student Writer
wow this reminds me of witch hunter
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swallart Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student General Artist
sugoi
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fullmetalbrat Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for posting this now i kinda know the base of how you color and that will help me make my coloring better :D
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SeikouChan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Do you think it would be possible to do a tutorial on how you paint the face close-up?? Your style is so pretty <3
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EriDaiho Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Hello, I'm rather concern about the style you are showing in this tutorial. The greyscale it' perfect, but I'd like to know the color layer, how is this supossed to be? on multiply, overlay, dodge... I'd like to know, thanks in advance =)
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valentine5792 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
this is amazing
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xelynn Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't get it!! I know how to put colour on a black and white picture but I don't get how you can put it on until it looks like you paint it with colours rather than black wnd white! SENSEI, TEACH US. /bows down/
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seniro Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Btw, if there's a step that you'd like to see more explanations on, let me know in the comments and maybe I can make a tutorial that's...actually a tutorial."
I would LOOVEEE if you could do a more in-depth tutorial on this piece or the picture you did of Sai from Hikaru no Go! That picture is absolutely gorgeous! :iconsweethugplz:
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Yura-chan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   General Artist
I always love seeing a process of peoples work ^^
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yorunaka Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excuse me. I just want to ask. When you added in the colors, did you set the color layers at overlay mode?

Ad grisaille does seem to help a lot with values. I think it does with lighting too. Personally, I think I get too distracted by the colors to notice that my lighting is severely off. orz
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mou-s Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I try many different layer modes. The one that I like the best is soft light, but still, sometimes it gets too soft so I have to switch to other modes like overlay, hard light, multiply, etc.
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yorunaka Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thank you for answering my question. It really is fascinating to see people work on grisaille art since I personally find it rather difficult.
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AP-Berg Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Grisaille art? what is that?
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yorunaka Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah Grisaille basically means that you draw just in greyscale. ouo
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AP-Berg Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oooohhhh. that makes sense. So you start in greyscale then paint color over it. Is that helpful to you?
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yorunaka Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmmm. It should be since it helps you understand color values more but as I've said, personally, I find it quite difficult to work with since it makes coloring a more lengthy process and finding the right shade of gray for all the parts of your drawing is also a bit difficult
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Skanday Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you added the weird steam coming from the teacup. It makes the painting look more mysterious.
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perosa96 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
how long did it take?
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mou-s Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
I have a time estimate in the comments section of every recent deviation. This one was a bit difficult to tell because the painting process spanned two weeks, and I didn't keep track of the hours.
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PinknBlackZebraz Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the colours in this!
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Quad0 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Absolutely love your entire gallery, and really glad yo made a tutorial of one of your processes~ The folds on the clothes, especially the man's outstretched arm, how exactly do you go about processing that from a general block to the finished coloring?

Also, what's Apophysis 2.09? Never heard of the program until you've mentioned it in the link to the finished piece.

Love all your stuff and thanks for any advice you can provide!
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mou-s Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Apophysis is a fractal generation program (if you search "fractal" in DA, you'll see plenty of artwork created with this program). Unfortunately I wasn't very successful in generating decent "art", but many of my failed products worked well as textures. The pattern on the woman's clothing was taken from something generated by Apophysis.

I can't quite explain how I did the folds. I feel that it's a matter of experience and experimentation. As you probably already know, fabric folds follow the same physical rules as everything else when it comes to interactions with light. There will still be regions of highlights, shades, shadows, etc., but with more intricate shapes. We just need to play around to arrange these regions to form a somewhat nice-looking pattern. I'm not very good at it, either, but it's a process that gets easier with observation and practice.
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Quad0 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
O whoa, so that's how her dress was patterned- is the man's coat also layered with fractal patterning? Its a really interesting play on having muted and sparkling quality.

Thanks for the advice! I guess there's no other way around learning folds than making folds.
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mou-s Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
You're welcome!
The man's coat was mostly hand-painted, with a little bit of (low opacity) texture overlay.
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Quad0 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
I see. Really awesome piece and thanks again for the advice!
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ELHABIBI Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
WOW!!!!!
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KULAMA Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
啧。。。原来是这么出来的(虽然看了半天但是 = =还是什么也看不懂啊啊啊!

撞,这画里我最最惊奇的那把椅子的图案。。。绕来绕去的怎么就绕出来的。。。这他娘的看着就蛋很疼有木有!
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Kaede-15 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What tablet do you use t draw?
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mou-s Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Wacom Intuos3
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Foxxeh Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is an interesting process. Thanks for sharing :)
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kzver Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is so awesome! :heart:
Speaking of benefits of b&w images to colour - the look a lot smoother (was experimenting with the same thing for about a week now ^^)
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mou-s Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Yeah they do look smoother. I'm still having trouble getting the right colours, though. I have to manually paint the colours on, which is very slow because I'm practically repainting the whole thing. =\
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kzver Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i am drawing a gintama fanart this way. I am 1 hour 15 min in and it is 50% done :P It is actually faster with b&w first. In a long run - saves time I think!
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mou-s Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
1 hr 15 min and you're half done? How the @#$#^!@$#... You gotta do a demo some day.
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Aconashade Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012   Digital Artist
I love seeing your work process. Thanks for sharing! :)
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Sugar-Thief Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Whoooaaaa <333 This is amazing! I love each panel ;___;
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blacklilieslive Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I really like that you put different frames showing how you progressed through the piece even if there aren't explanations, I always learn visually so I think this is really nice for other people who learn better visually.
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Prinnia Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'd like to know more about the process between 6 and 7, how you get those perfect realistic patterns and designs on the clothing and on the man's necklace :O
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mou-s Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
The patterns were taken from some free resources online (such as [link]) or accumulated over time when I played around in Apophysis trying to make fractal art (and failing miserably. lol). I also like to make stock images/patterns myself in Photoshop when I'm bored...

The man's necklace, however, was actually hand drawn. I was following the traditional designs of the Chinese Tao Tie ogre, a legendary beast with an insatiable appetite that it ate its own body.
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Prinnia Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, it's cool that you know so much about the backgrounds of the designs you use! Thanks for sharing :)
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PiUpCrustsDown Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
wow!
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TCookieM Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012

how do you change up the colours in steps five and six?
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mou-s Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
I used the Curves function in Photoshop (image>adjustmnet>curves). After you open the curves window, there's a drop-down menu at the top where you can select the different colour channels. I just adjusted the curves of each channel separately. I think colour balance would work, too. Photoshop is amazing at doing these little colour changes.
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TCookieM Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012

oh okay. thank you! because here i
was being stupid and trying to use
the colour replacement tool which
does not work because the lighter
grays don't change colour to the
darker shades i want
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ScelusSceleris Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow..... I love seeing the process. It makes me appreciate what you do so much more. :heart:
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corezzo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi Mou-s, sorry for the long comment, your process shot is really helpful, i've always wondered how people start at bw and work their way onto colour.

I saw a video once, where they started painting with colour, but half way through, I think they were using photoshop, they had a tool to switch it to black and white. Then they made changes but when you switch back again to colour, the changes were all in colour...if that makes sense. So it was kind of a way to get exact values, but use colour the whole time.

I was wondering how you changed your sketched lines in the forth picture, and are you just painting colour on top in the sixth picture?
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mou-s Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
I simply painted over the sketch lines from 3 to 4. In 6, I painted colors on new layers set to overlay, soft light, etc. However, I wasn't able to get the exact colours I wanted this way, so I had to paint colours on top of everything again in 7 (and thus the time consumption...)

Unfortunately I don't know what tool they used to make changes in b+w and later switch to colours. =( If you somehow find it out could you let me know? =P
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corezzo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou for the explanation, and yeah I see how it can be very time consuming!

Sure i'll let you know! I haven't found the tool yet, but here's the video I saw it from. I saw it a while ago, but it seems to be as I remembered it. Though when you do it in black and white, it looks like the contrast has to be very strong to see it prominently in colour.

This is part one of the video: [link]
the black and white part happens around 8:50, while they paint the skin, and it continues on to part two as well I think, which can be found in the video response.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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peroline Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You did a good job ! I guess all the time you spent on those steps was worth it !!
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