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Tutorial - Dance of the Wind by funkyalien Tutorial - Dance of the Wind by funkyalien
I meant to post this yesterday but meh.
This is just to show how Dance of the Wind was put together. It's not very in depth but it should answer some questions anyone's had :)
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knightmonx Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student General Artist
i have to do a 40 sec metamorpase animation using photoshop cs5 animation pallete and i'm freaking out i just don't get the program. Any tips advice suggestions? Cause your tutorial is the closest thing i found that was any help in understanding the program...
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FilipaTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! :wow: Owesome Tutorial!
Great job! =D I love the coloring :love:
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The-Reploidst Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Scratch that. It seems you used a tablet or something. A thing of which I don't own for programs like Photoshop.
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funkyalien Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I used a tablet for this, but it can also be done using a mouse. It just takes a little longer is all.
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The-Reploidst Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
Can you tell me how it do it with a mouse. I am using it for a nighttime scene with a video game character. Where the moon is high above him and a field starts beyond that. I wanted to make the wind visible to give it some sort of feeling...I just don't know what kind.
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funkyalien Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I'd guess that you have to set the brush to a low opacity and stroke many times to build up the colour. The downside is that you have to be fairly quick but precise with it since it's not as easy using a mouse for sweeping strokes, but once you've got much of it down you can use the smudge tool to smooth it out and make adjustments.
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The-Reploidst Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Okay.
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The-Reploidst Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
It isn't showing up for me. I'm using FireFox.
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iblisX3 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
just to make sure i got this right do you use pencil or pen
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funkyalien Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Professional Filmographer
With this one I used pencil for the original sketch, and the brushes in Photoshop to ink it.
Other times, I'll either colour over the pencils, or I'll ink them in pen.
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iblisX3 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
thanks X3
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SethWhiteFox Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Student Digital Artist
This is simply amazing! This makes me wana try and pick up photoshop again. (I have the program, but it kicks my ***...)

Wish I could do all of that in flash, I'm used to it now! XD

*Faves*
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Amana07 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Very nicely done, like the really indepth part of it and the amazing detail work. Adding to my favs so I can remember where it is at. :)
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funkyalien Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Cool, thanks very much :)
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evil-julie Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
Kl! Im able to understand PS a lot better now. Thanx! :D
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Harry64 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really great! :+fav:
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jgirl Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
Oh!

Lovely tutorial. As I read along, I understood everything you said. ^^

It's a good method you used. Awesome turnout as well...good job! ^^
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souerlemon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GAH I LOVE YOU :heart: I asked that question a few times !! Lol
MUST SAVE AND STUDY *steals*
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funkyalien Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007  Professional Filmographer
lol! Good to know it's useful :D
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shaloneSK Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007
awsome tut! :heart:
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Toxxic-Vixen Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
I just adore how you do your backgrounds. Amazing. Awsome job~! =D
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daftart Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
Another tutorial for me! Thanks, dude!
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chillinchikjw Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007   General Artist
so how did u get the pose? photo? model?
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funkyalien Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Well I looked at some bojutsu videos on Youtube, but other I just got into the pose myself and figured out where everything was. The only real reference I use was myself really :)
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chillinchikjw Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007   General Artist
awesome :D
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KnucklesandChristina Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
I love your tutorials, they're inspiring =) and very nicely done.

Amazing work ;P I can learn from this.
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mangaman13 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
It is always most interesting to me to see the process a good artist goes through to create a really good piece of art. It is something I can learn from, maybe adopt for my own, and really makes the fact you spent TIME on it stand out. I am very happy you shared, man. Thanks a million!
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funkyalien Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Professional Filmographer
No problem at all, man! I like to share what I know if it can help people with their own art :)
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mrcontroversial Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
We are forever in your debt. *bows* Thank you. ;) LOL
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Sakura-Wolf92 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
So awesome ;-; *cries* Everyone has awesome programs except me! Envy envy! *faves*
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JonathonDobbs Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extremely well put together, and a great help. Thanks for taking the time =)

Out of curiosity, what's the motivation behind not using black and white?
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funkyalien Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Professional Filmographer
I suppose it was practice in a way really. Black and white can be very strong and overpowering colours/shades and I wanted a more balanced feel to this. Also, there's very little in the world that is truely black or white, short of absolute darkness and totally blinding light. Neither are in this pic obviously, but it still could have been reflected from the metal parts on Kaeman's bo staff. I figured a whiteish yellow would be better and seem more like sunlight.
That's the artistic motivation anyway. Honestly, the moment I decided not to use black or white I made it a challenge to myself to not use even so much as a single pixel of either :)
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K1r1N-U1t1MuS Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
Cool tutorial. I went to your site yesterday and saw it there first before here. I did have one question though. What's the difference between the outcome of placing the flat colors down, then doing the shading and highlighting from using the base color method for all parts of the image you're coloring?
If the outcome may not be different, what is?
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funkyalien Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Professional Filmographer
For the most part the outcome is the same; it's just my prefered working method really. I've tried methods before where I did this style of shading on a separate layer, but often when I switched to the flat colours to select an area I'd forget to switch back to the shading layer, meaning I ruin the layer and have to erase it and start that part over.
By duplicating the base layer and shading directly onto that I still have a copy of the base colours to make selections from, and I can quickly adjust the overall tones and recolour parts that I've shaded back into the original colour. I keep both the original and the shade colour in the palettes when I work.
Also, doing it this way means if I set my brush to something like Overlay or Linear Dodge everything will be affected and it has a better overall effect than only changing what I would have shaded if I did it the other way.

I have no idea how much sense that made...
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K1r1N-U1t1MuS Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
Oh, I forgot to add; what are your methods of selecting, 'cause the way I do it takes forever. Doesn't seem like there is a faster way around, but I'm always learning new things.
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funkyalien Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Depends on how you're doing it I think.
I duplicate the colour layer and colour on the copy as I said. I use the magic wand tool with anti aliasing turned off to select areas from the original base colours, then change to the copied layer and colour there. Nothing much else to it than that. I make such all the base colours were marked out with the polygonal lasso tool though, again, anti alias turned off.
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K1r1N-U1t1MuS Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007
Sounds like a useful technique. I'll think about that the next time I am CGing. Thanks.
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K1r1N-U1t1MuS Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
I know that I learned if I don't understand something in the reading the first time, to read it over again. This might take a few....hundred readings before I understand. Just kidding. Thanks though, I'm sure I'll get something out of that.
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funkyalien Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Heh, sorry I can't really make it any clearer. I only understand it cos I've been doing it and know how what affects what. Pretty hard to explain otherwise :shrug:
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Wolfox-of-life Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
brillant work kaeman XD
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blackheart717x Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
cool i still dont have a program like that on my computer. (U_U)
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NaturalBornKiller Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
oooh very swish!

i wonder what tony would thinnk ;)
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Jakette-Lost Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007   Traditional Artist
very good tutorial!O.O
amazing!!!!
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LupineIntention Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
wow, very in depth and a fantastic finished product. I'll definately bare in mind some of your techniques.
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funkyalien Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Good to hear :)
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