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This would be my ideal process when everything goes right: figure out stuff in sketches, no flip-flopping in painting stage, and everything just kind of falls into place.

This is my 8th WoW TCG, and I've done a few more since painting this one... unfortunately, this orderly kind of process is not typical for me.

Hopefully with more practice in sketching, I can stop myself from trying to jump into painting stage before I'm anywhere near ready.
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Bertross Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Good choice on the wing because it creates a nice negative space between the head and adds more depth overall.
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fallingturtle Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, this is just perfect xD
how did you add in the swirl??? 
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Nightblue-art Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just painted it in I think :)
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fallingturtle Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh ok haha, it just looked really circular, so i thought u used some kind of a tool for the swirl :P
i love your paintings! please keep up with it :)
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RadialArt Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
thanks for these process, they are really really helpful!!!
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Tenshi-voodoo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
This is truly awesome work! very well done and thanks for the steps
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I was thinking about how you said you can't help your urge to completely paint out your line drawing in your paintings-- a little trick I use is to use a mask to 'erase' parts of the sketch as I paint on top of it on another layer... that way I get rid of the sketch and clean up only the areas that really need it... I used to waste hours on cleanup before I thought of it...
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Nightblue-art Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You know, that's a great idea. Maybe I should at least keep the sketch on a separate layer :P Right now I usually don't... haha...
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I used to do the same :P Now I usually end up knocking it back to 10% and paint on top and mask out whatever's left.
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TMirai Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so very awesome and helpful. Thank you for posting! It's great to see your progress. How many different layers did you have by the time you finished it? I know some artists that work on one and some that work on several.
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Nightblue-art Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
For this one I was able to keep figure and ground separate until the polish stage. There are not a lot of layers overall because I didn't flip-flop as much :) I typically paint on one layer, often duplicating the layer and paint on the new one to preserve the older version as a layer. Most of my photoshop files are huge with a mess of disorderly layers, as a result.
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TMirai Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh cool! I never even thought of doing that, duplicating layers before adding more detail. Very smart. I might try that. Thanks!
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perushinkov Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually tried guessing the process for this piece... Really happy that you are posting it!
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Captain-Point Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the process <3 It's awesome to see it in the making.
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Tokoldi Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for posting this process! Very useful :D And again, great job on this!
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Ballonqccity Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Artist
Amazing work! Thanks a lot, inspiring indeed!
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Nightblue-art Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, and thank you :)
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pixelcharlie Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Wow. This is probably your best work yet. :)

Thanks for sharing this. It's truly inspiring.
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Nightblue-art Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for this! This is your most successful one yet and it was great to get a look at how you got there :)
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Nightblue-art Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! I need to post this for myself too so I can do this again :)
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol yeah I get you. I find myself forgetting good habits when I paint and then thinking after-- why didn't I just do it that way??
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