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121313 Couch Process by sketcheth 121313 Couch Process by sketcheth
EDIT:: You can now see an animated version on tumblr!!

Every image is roughly 15 minutes of work. Sometimes I missed the timer and let it go long, and there might have been some undocumented work between the steps. Okay, okay, so there's nothing consistent here but I tried.
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I've been wanting to put up something that shows my process for a while now. As you can see "process" for me is synonymous with aimless wandering.

In all seriousness, this is how a lot of my stuff starts out, a vague tonal drawing with some sketchy lines over top, suggesting a pose that I think is interesting, and then I go from there, blocking in colors and hopefully establishing a sense of atmosphere as quickly as I can.

This is a strange one too because I started this back in October and got a couple hours in before letting it go, and then when I came back earlier this week I forgot where I was, and was mostly just turned off by how dull the color was, so that's why there's a sudden saturation jump.

This is a pretty weak tutorial from an educational standpoint, but hopefull you get something out of it! I want to do the tutorial sort of thing moreso on Justin.tv, because I feel like it's more interactive.

Painter 12.
6-8 hours.

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:iconmadecho:
madecho Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
excelente
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LUMOSme Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Wow... I just have one question. How much often do you change the layer? Do you have some rules like " sketchlines ", " bodyparts" or things like that?
Thks anyway!
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Short2Cents Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for showing this! I love the ability to see each step in the process
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profesone Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Dude, I hate you.  This is amazing.  A direction I want my work to go but can't get away from line work.
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MrPheenox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice pic! Sweet to see the progress, it is very inspirering. Only critique i can give is that adding light reflection from the gameboy to her face/torso is missing and leaves the impression that power has been turned off.

Any way nice work. Looks really natural and coasy.
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You know, that's a totally fair critique. I think it does kind of break the narrative a little bit. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I appreciate it
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MrPheenox Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries, i guess thats why we publish our work, except for the fact that others appreciate it. Any way, i will probably take a look at this next time i blow the dust of my Cintiq ;)
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, exactly. Getting a response, critical and not is the only real reason to share your work and I always relish the critical feedback. But yeah, especially if you've got a cintiq GO MAKE STUFF! :D
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MrPheenox Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm such a slow replier.. Any way! i tried something I've never tried before. I've always drawn stuff in black'n white, then made the layer 'luminosity' and added colour behind it. It woks great for outside environments were you generally only have one light source and then some bouncing light.. but in inside environments it just doesn't cut it. So, with inspiration from your drawing, a lot of other tutorials and some knowledge about colours and light bounce ect. i drew directly in colour, and.. im surprisingly happy about the result! So.. there should come some pictures on the page within this following month.

So.. I WENT MADE STUFF! (i know.. horrible grammar in that last sentence, but it had to resemble yours)
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:iconsketcheth:
sketcheth Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear you made stuff and that I could be tangentially helpful! Rock on, buddy.
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MrPheenox Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
damn it. my current project is a 3 page comic.. page 1 is done, and with a relativly good flow, then i start on page 2.. and i've redrawn the first pic 3 times now. its funny how you make a whole page with relativly ease, and then when you have to start on page two you just cant get it right.
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mangakamadd Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome.
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:iconrubyxia:
RubyXia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for making this tutorial! 
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:iconsketcheth:
sketcheth Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for taking a look, it was my pleasure.
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Tetra-zombie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Filmographer
What brushes did you use for this?

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:iconsketcheth:
sketcheth Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
An assortment of custom made brushes in Painter12. Most of them are based off of the charcoal brushes in one way or another, though. I'm planning on releasing a pack of my favorite brushes in the future so stay tuned! :D
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Tetra-zombie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
Awesome, i have been trying to replicate with a gouache and oil brush. I can't wait to mess around with your brushes
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet, well I'll try to make it sooner rather than later! I've been very busy lately so I just haven't had the time to make anything worth posting. :|
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Tetra-zombie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
Take your time dude, i know how you feel right now haha.
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AndreusD Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great, love it. 15 min for every segment is amazing... Great end result.
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TheShock Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i like a lot this picture, so it is a pleasure to see his progress.
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Frankzo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Hey buddy, long time no see! What's up?
Btw, nice one! The final piece looks amazing though, thanks for showing us your process :)
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:iconsketcheth:
sketcheth Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey man, good to hear from you. Are you posting your work anywhere else these days? Thanks for the comment!
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Frankzo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
You're welcome!
About the animations, not really :(... BUT I've been doing some studys because I got into digital painting, gonna post my paintings/studies here on dA! Feel free to criticize my work if you want to, it would be great for me to have some CnC coming from an expert like you :)
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear that I'll at least be able to see more of your work!
Aww pff, don't call me an expert. We're all trying to solve the same problems in different ways. I'm glad you asked though. I'll definitely give some critiques, but you have to give me them too! 
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DTCale Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013   Digital Artist
I'm getting better already ! :P
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:iconpuuk:
Puuk Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful !
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
No that's great process is wonderful.
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Eightly Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely to see this! As always the bold colors are handled so well!
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. :)
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shellz-art Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Absolutely brilliant and fantastic! It is so interesting and inspiring to see each step create a beautiful masterpiece. Nice work, as usual.
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much shellz!
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Jumei Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Would love to see this in animation (makes the differences more visible)
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You know, that's a brilliant idea, so I posted one on tumblr! If it's too annoyingly small (tumblr has very strict gif size restrictions) I can respost it but larger and as a scrap here on DA. Thanks for commenting, as always.
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Jumei Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, so awesome to see it as an animation! Thanks for making it!
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for asking!
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Gyossaith Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
very nice! I always enjoy looking at other artist's painting processes.
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:iconsketcheth:
sketcheth Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's fascinating seeing other people work, isn't it? :) Thanks for commenting.
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Amieku Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It was great to see your process - thanks for posting!
The piece is really nicely done, but I feel the need to say that no girl actually looks like this when she's gaming.
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toxicness Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
THIS GIRL DOES!
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:icongypsytrail:
GypsyTrail Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist
uh huh . . . you aren't every gamer girl :P
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Loup-sauvage Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Great progression ! For the line, you do a special layer, and you hide it later, or, you paint over ?

And again, nice work :)
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, with these I usually have the sketch drawn right on the base canvas layer and I just start painting directly over it. If I want to try something that might be a bad idea, I'll try it on a separate layer and then flatten it later. I like to keep the sketch on the canvas though, because then I can't get rid of it, and it reminds me to keep moving around the painting to cover up all the areas I haven't touched yet. 
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Loup-sauvage Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Thanks for your tips, that would help me a lot, trying to do some painting without the line.
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:iconsketcheth:
sketcheth Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, whatever works, a lot of my favorite artists have very line-oriented work, there's no right way to do it! :) Good luck!
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Loup-sauvage Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Thanks and  yep, but for the moment i want to try, without line :). Thanks for the reply !
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SimonWright Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
awesome!
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