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Homesick W.I.P by MagpieFreak Homesick W.I.P by MagpieFreak
The Work In Progress of

Not a tutorial, just explaining how I got through the piece :) this SERIOUSLY is the last deviation of the year! ^o^

I used Photoshop CS5 with a range of brushes, mainly the round one and some rough ones. Actually, I started off wit CS4 then got CS5 halfway through :D

If you have any questions, feel free to ask :)

Chloe Greyspoone Katja Hammond
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samsaga1307 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you started to colour you pic, how was the dodge and burn tool adjustments still visible? Did the colour layers have a certain layer setting? Lol sorry im just curious xD
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MagpieFreak Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't really understand what you mean in your first question ^^; If you mean how comes the lineart is still visible, it's because I put the layer on Multiply so any 'white' in the layer becomes transparent and leaves only the black behind. The base colour layers and most of the shading layers were on a Normal Mode, but sometimes I'd explore with the more 'special effects' to see if I can get pretty results - it's all a matter of experimenting really :>
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samsaga1307 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!^^ I meant the layer mode...so its multiply right? lol sorry:D
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dragons4life Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow that is awesome and thanks for sharing
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MagpieFreak Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you liked it :>
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Dizzie-Dog Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably one of the most helpful tutorials I've come across. I have massive difficulty creating scenes and never know where to start with them, but this has given some really helpful tips to have a go with next time I attempt to draw one. I particularly like how you added those additional colours to the brickwork, they really make the wall look more interesting, rather than it just being solid grey, great idea =).
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MagpieFreak Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Woah that's awesome to hear :D Well I'm glad it's helped you get a clearer idea about what to do with things! If you have any questions I don't mind answering them :)
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isabeljoanvalentine Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Wuaahhhhhhhhh! I can see what everyone was saying. It's great! Eclectic and amusing... but still so informative! This gives me a real insight into zee mind of zee magpie. ;P


But there's still some things that *I* personally would have liked to have seen:

1)What actually IS the burn/dodge tool?
2) What does Multiply do? EXACTLY. Not just: 'it makes it sorta, y'know, clear-ish'. HOW CLEAR?
3)How many layers did you use?

But... that's about all. :meow:
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MagpieFreak Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah right, so I should explain tools in Photoshop, though that probably would make it more of a tutorial than a WIP, but maybe I can make mini explanation bubbles :) Oh, and for this pic it was about 100 layers. Thanks for the feedback :)
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isabeljoanvalentine Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
About 100... Are you exaggerating?
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MagpieFreak Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
well there was a bit over 100 layers but those ones were probably ones I didn't actually include in the finished picture, so yeah about 100. I get a bit picky over details at times ^^; and this picture was VERY detailed =/
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isabeljoanvalentine Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
...Wow.
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Fallen-Sun Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
hahaha she's looking at all that open space and thinking "it needs a mess too""
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MagpieFreak Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
totally XDDD
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Akira01539 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
We haz a badass over ear!
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Dragonica93 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is seriously the best step-by-step I've ever seen! Wonderful work :) Thank you for this.
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MagpieFreak Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
SWeet! I'm glad you like this :D it was fun to make XD I might make some more in the future or something :D
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Timagirl Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's amazing! O.o
The process is very cool and I like so much your result~ :heart:

You should do WIP of all your works, they're so sweet :3
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MagpieFreak Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it :D that is a tempting thought - maybe I won't make WIPs for all of them, but this certainly won't be the last one :D
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Timagirl Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ouuu! this is great :3
I will hope for other WIP :D
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Fawn-melody Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
how can I remove color behind the lineart if I did it on paper and just scanned it? I use Easy Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop Elements 8. Help please? xD
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MagpieFreak Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Removing colour? That's kinda tricky... unfortunately I've never actually done anything like that so I don't know any foolproof ways. Still, the best programme to use would be Photoshop seeing as SAI doesn't offer many options on editing pictures. I don't have PS Elements but maybe they have similar options. I'd go to Image -> Adjustments -> Black & White, then play around with the levels. The preview pic looks like it has turned the pic grey scale, but if you adjust certain colours, say red, anything that is red in the picture will be turned darker or lighter while the blue and green bits etc are left alone. However it is only the colours that are altered. The greys still remain.

So after that go to Image -> Adjustments -> Brightness & Contrast, or Curves, or Levels, and then you can play around with how dark or light the greys are, how bold the blacks are, and how white the whites are.

If you don't have the same options as my Photoshop, then you may have to explore a bit, but look out for those options. Who knows, you might actually discover a better method :) Then afterwards don't forget to set the layer on the Multiply Effect so that you'll be able to draw colours beneath that layer without altering the lineart. Alternatively you could redraw the lineart using the pen tool, or don't colour the picture when it's on paper. Maybe trace that picture with some tracing paper, or if you don't have tracing paper, place a normal piece of paper over the picture and lean them against a window with the sun shining through, then you can faintly see the image underneath and it will be easy to trace :) Hope this helps!
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Fawn-melody Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'll look for those options, though I think I already did it. xD It's just that a lot of people does that and I still dunno how to do it in PS Elements 8. And It doesn't affect only paper drawings, but already done linearts that have got white bg.
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BlazeDrgn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
dink dink donk :giggle: added sound effects make for a much better tutorial. Awesome to see your progress, perhaps I will be luck enough to catch it in person next time you do a live stream :)
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MagpieFreak Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D glad you like it! I don't know when I'll next do a livestream but yeah I think I'll give peeps a few days notice or something XD
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BlazeDrgn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
awesome! that way I can be prepared in advance :D hopefully... knowing my luck I'll be at work or some such =p though I could always sneak off and join you on my phone, hmm :plotting:
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Devonition Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   General Artist
:') that's crazy good.
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kiako Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ACtually this turned out to be more informative than most Tutorials I've ever seen, even if this isn't one lol.

I LEARNED SO MUCH ;A; Thank you for the enlightenment before the end of the year! (I feel like I leveled up. Or gained EXP.)
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MagpieFreak Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh sweet! I'm glad this was helpful! :D Yay for Level Ups :D It's great to end the year with a sense of accomplishment XD
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Thaylien Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm... I'll have to try shading my sketch before I colour, that looks like a damn useful trick to me, thanks for the tip ^^
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MagpieFreak Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's the shadows and the lighting which make the picture work - the colours can be anything at all but will never create the same effect - unless of course two colours act as a substitute for black and white, but then if you simply desaturate that what you get is black and white again. Thus shades are the way! :iconfuck-yeah-plz:
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Thaylien Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely, but I usually shade after I have colour down, lets me see if there are hot or cold shadows, but that can probably be done after colour anyway, the same way you do secondary light. Like I say, I'll have to try it in my next pic to see how it works out :floating:
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MistPower101 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love how you showed your steps in this! It's so descriptive and detailed XD
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MagpieFreak Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
One does not simply colour a picture :< one must enter the picture to understand its physics and stuff! And thus each picture has its own story to tell :D even if it's just the story of its creation =/
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MistPower101 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the concept behind that! 'Tis an interesting way of thinking ^^
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