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Making of Chubs- Part 1 by trenchmaker Making of Chubs- Part 1 by trenchmaker
This is basically a walk through- I'll update as soon as I actually get to finish the comic page.
Some people asked for a tutorial or a video tutorial but I am not a video person and for me tutorials never where so effin helpful. Most stuff I found out by accident/testing and.... doing it.
If you are frustrated because you never achieve the results shown in a tutorial: Don't worry... me either. I can't even repaint one of my own panels properly... it always looks different.

I will not explain how Photoshop works. If you have no clue, please sign up for a PS course or ask a friend to give you a crash course.

I work with an old Intuos 4 tablet and a grip pen. Always. See here: [link]

1. The brush: I uploaded it once, the file is expired and I won't reupload. It's a simple brush that fades out and reacts on pressure. It's nothing fancy. There are tons available already by other users. The mixing is done by picking color, stroke, picking color result, stroke, repeat action.

2. I sketch on paper and I'll slap everybody how wants to know which paper exactly because it REALLY doesn't matter if you work on cheap copy paper or hilariously expensive canson to get your sketch done. I work with a cheap extra drawing table and a light table. For more information see here: [link]

3. :iconenonea: still does my flats (mostly). It's simply breaking down the image on different layers in all basic colors.
I use a lot of layers and still keep them. Most people work on 1 layer- I don't. If you work better with 1 layer- do it... as long as it serves the result there should be no rule for it.
I keep the sketch layer in multiply mode activated at that stage. I hide the sketch when I have some details like the eyes already painted.

4. That's how it looks without outlines... simple but already somehow "close to what I have in mind".

If you have any questions: shoot. Please read ALL comments and replies already posted to avoid double questions.

You should be able to find an incomplete toll list here: [link]
and again.... those are mine and if you have something that works better for you: stick to it!

*feels awkward because the break down of working steps looks hilariously stupid.... orz*
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
for noobs? even for me, this is confusing lol, so I must REALLY be an uber noob
miri-chiwa Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   Digital Artist
oooh!! I'm glad to know that you work on different layers! Me too!! I saw several artists that work in 1 layer and that made me feel bad. 

I feel a little scary work on 1 layer T^T 
and I like to feel free to change some details in other layer and play with different options. 
trenchmaker Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You should always work with layers if you're comfortable with it and it suits you best. Honestly if I would stress over other people's working method I wouldn't get done anything at all.
miri-chiwa Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014   Digital Artist
it's just that I thought that if I didn't work in one layer maybe I was doing something wrong :c

thank you very much for your nice and quick reply :hug:
trenchmaker Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem. I work with tons of layers- the more complicated like buildings with lots of details the more layers just to keep everything neatly organized. Only the final touch ups and blending is done on the merged image.

I honestly have a problem when I read somebody feels bad just because somebody stranger works differently. Please always keep in mind that you can test these working methods till hell freezes over but pick out what makes YOU comfortable. There is no point in working with a process that's a pain in the booty and makes you unhappy. Never.
Fun fact:
Most publishers I work with are crying happy tears if they get layers- you have no idea how much pain it is for the internal graphic guys to create fair and marketing material if they have to cut out something again. It's like image surgery and takes ages (and the internals hate it... I for sure did when I worked in an agency).
miri-chiwa Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014   Digital Artist

How nice that you made it clear, This is very important to me 'cause I'm a graphic designer and believe me I know how stressfull is cut a merge image. My principal tool is illustrator and in this program I go crazy with the layers I like to use it but referring to digital painting on photshop (In which I’m still practicing) I think there are better work in one layer I don’t know maybe the colors blend much better in that way or something! hahaha

Thanks a lot for your profesional advice, you really help me a lot.

I wish you the best!

LupaAkarii Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Your art is so cute. Do you always use this method?
trenchmaker Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, always. Sorry for the late reply.
Teremiao Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What Photoshop do you use? :)
trenchmaker Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
CS5 but basically it doesn't really matter since I normally use only the basic functions and those are always the same.
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