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Pretty selfexplaining I think! Steps 1 and 3 are just visualization, not part of the actual process, meaning, I did the linedrawing from scratch, not over the thumb, and started the painting from the blank canvas again (except for the lines) after doing the color thumb to get an idea of how I wanted the values and lighting to be and all that. This painting went really smoothly because I had a clear idea of it in my head beforehand. I used a ton of layers to keep all the elements separate, over a 100 in total I think, which is only really a good idea if you have the stuff planned out D: In other cases I'd just go and mess around with a painting on a single layer and kind of see what emerges, but this time I tried a different approach. Polygon lasso and locking transparency keeps the edges straight and clean, and after the block-in it's all just rendering stuff out, going over the whole painting to make stuff fit together, and then putting effect stuff on top. Since I knew from the beginning that I wanted glowy lighting like this, I could just go and render everything out without the smoke being there and then just put it in in the end.

The details are like it says 100% zoom, I worked really small this time because of all the layers, the whole image is only like 4k tall.

So there! :] Hope this is interesting to someone.

Cheers!
Hannes
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:iconbsbillow:
bsbillow Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow greaat ! it looks like a rendered image! Pearl Emote 11 
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Karin-Art Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
OMG! This is awesome!! :heart: Neko Emoji-42 - (Kawaii Admiring) [V3] 
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VirginiaPK Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
What Program do you use?
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mikami-sama Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
awesome job!!!!^^
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:iconhendratamas:
hendratamas Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great :D
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Tenebrian Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've never understood or have been able to grasp lighting and reflections like you do. I was wondering if there was a specific inspiration or example you drew from to get the lightiing like this? Like a real place? Or was it something like an accumulation of experience and practice?

I'd appreciate it if you had any advice on what a beginning artist or novice like myself should research, or understand when trying to capture interesting lighting and reflections like this.

Thank you for reading this and posting an example of your process. It's very helpful.
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Urumiccina Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
very well done works :meow: it's amazing!
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:iconelias-shamir:
Elias-Shamir Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, I think this tutorial has taught me more than many others I've seen. It was so simple and straight forward, great!
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:iconmiramija:
MiraMija Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student General Artist
holy shit your incredible.
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:iconmbanksj:
mbanksj Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is great, thanks
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Arcedemius Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wait....THAT WASN'T A PHOTO?!?!?! O_O
omg, that is INCREDIBLE!!! YOU ARE INCREDIBLE!!
THAT IS....
i'm gonna go hide in a corner now...>_<
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xo-BAHAMUT-ox Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
you-are-insane..! :O D: x_x
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:iconfenoxa:
Fenoxa Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
oh my god! excellent!! i though it was a photo!!!
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:iconmcovvey:
mcovvey Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extraordinary. And excellent tips there. Seems you had the lighting design complete in your mind before starting-- that is a remarkable intuition... skill? regardless; it amazes me. Congrats on the DD!
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pureluck13 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
rediculous... so good.
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:iconpilot4ik:
pilot4ik Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
crazy enough
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MrAptronym Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I love the deep colors and the Tatami Galaxy reference, thanks for showing these steps!
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booksandcoffee101 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really did think it was a photograph from the thumbnail :D its amazing!!!
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:iconajnif:
ajnif Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
bist echt erste sahne! sehr gut!
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tikusman Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
wow.. :eyepopping:
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:iconmoonstone-girl:
Moonstone-girl Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Wow...this is truly amazing, excellent work!

I really hope someday I'm as good as you are....I should go practice!
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WavingMonsterStudios Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are great, that is all.
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:icondynsen:
dynsen Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
excellent walk through...so informative!
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:icongii-chan:
gii-chan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing work and process!
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:iconxtreamcrazy:
XtreamCrazy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beyond amazing! You have a few steps that I don't use, so this is an enlightening step-by-step guide!
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:iconmonkehking:
Monkehking Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
WHAT IS THIS SORCERY!
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Glowandstar Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Artist
Hahaha no way, your color thumb is amazing!!!! <3
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:iconelementalectrofunk:
elementalectrofunk Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
This is hilarious!
i would kill to be able to paint at the level of your color thumb!
But you just keep going!
Amazing work. So inspirational!
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DRS2406 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Also in Hessen sagen wir:Hannes des is hattkor.
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trxstr Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Good......lord!
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Faewild Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah so, you the steps, but all I see when I scroll down is "Fucking magic happened".
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BombOPAUL Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
HOLY CRAP THIS IS GREAT!!
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Ikuzo32 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WTH I thought it was real !!! good job
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Fatality-check Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yes I thought this was a photo too. But 3 days and no reference was it? That's crazy, i'd have no idea how to handle the reflections etc.

Great Job.
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Karonto Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
love it!
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Max-Marvellous Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
mh u paint very realistic... but 3D rendering + ps 5 brush tool and i get the same result in the half time.
And i can do a lot more changes. Interesting though, that you spent enoughe time to get this ammount of skill in 2D. But trying to fake 3D with 2D in the digital area is just a waste of time. If you could do same in the analog area. thumbs up! Digital art is interesting when you make it look like digital art. This looks like a rendering with sketch effect. There is only a short effect of "wow its a painting" but after that there isnt anything left, u have a short look on it and then go to the next. paintings should reach the opposite. For illustrating something as realsitic as possible, companies pay a 3D designer.
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Balsamique Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
2D is faster than 3D when you are good. 3D is uselful if you use many times the same objects. *algenpfleger don't... so it's useless for him. Moreover, it's not the same sensations.
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Moossey Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
as do I
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:iconairnewzealand:
airnewzealand Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
youre just so wrong..you could just keep that in your mind
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JonasDeRo Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I disagree to be honest :/
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:iconfeathernotes:
FeatherNotes Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
that's just too amazing.
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kinjura Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The cape on the hanging animal is a great touch!

Also, what goes in those jars on the floor? Are they for ashes and butts or is there another function?
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ink5000 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
amazing and inspiring, thanks for showing your progress.
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Rin-Uzuki Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... there's so much to learn out here, and you're practically breathing it! *A* I hope I can learn loads from ya--I feel like I've begun to already!! Thanks for sharing your work, and your steps and insights, too! <3
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SnaiLords Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Freaking AMAZING! HOLY SHHHHIEE*******...sweetniblets. Your lighting is sooo kewl.
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Venneta Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Coolest thing ever. By the way, do you have any particular method for doing perspective in Photoshop? Or did you do it manually? Thanks :)
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Hencid Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
seam a magic trick
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The-Silver-Fox-Inari Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you for putting this up, like... i'm not saying 'oh now it looks EASY', but to see the process, is a lot less... oh what's the word, (crushing at how fucking fantastic your paintings look) <XD Well I just love seeing how you do the things you do. It just shows, you work *very* hard. And it's inspiring to see that determination to get even the slightest details.
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Spit16 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
ARE YOU SOME KIND OF MONSTER?? D: my god, now I can rest in peace.. O________O
...good job...
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mishinsilo Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Amazin'
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