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9.steps by betteo 9.steps by betteo
Thinks to know:

-I used three kinds of brushes. A chalky one, plain airbrush, and a smeary one (oil like). And "dodge tool" in airbrush mode sometimes. I recommend Screen and Softlight option for your painting tools in some cases.

-In my layers I made a selection of the silhouette, then painted it flat, clicked the "preserve transparency" option and I forget about the whole thing of painting outside the figure.

-During the first coloring steps I used three layers. First one: the pencil drawing (opaque & below all). Second: a yellow multiply layer for a yellow base and Third: another multiply layer for the main shadows. All volume of the third step was done freehand with different grays and brushes, changing transparency of my brush very very often.

-I FREE-PAINT THROUGH ALL THE PROCESS, in between my color adjustments.

-I'm addicted to color adjustment tools. Color balance, hue-saturation, curves and even Variations (see the red coat in the 5th step, for example). And Levels to keep contrasts alive all the time.

-In the last step, I flattened the whole thing to paint more highlights without layers and clean some pencil dirt. I love that part. :heart:

-I don't have a steady method, so It's difficult to keep track of my "tricks". HONEST! I just use anything that PS offers me... Pay attention to the pictures and figure things out. It's the best way to learn.

Hope this helps, folks... =D
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yezek Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
muchas gracias por compartir tu proceso creativo betteo, es una gran inspiración. tienes un gran estilo y mucho talento. saludos!
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yezek Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Muy grande la inspiración que transmite todos tus trabajos y además los tutoriales que ofreces son geniales.
Gracias por compartir tu técnica y conocimientos.
Muy agradecido,
Fuerte abrazo desde Espain :thanks:
Yezek
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
... my first thought was.... "hey, the divison bell got a body!" :o :lol: :)

this was helpful, though my painting process is pretty similar to yours... :) :XD: especially at the "no particular method" and "use whatever PS gives you" parts. :P :)
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Space3case Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for this wonderul resource
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mrcontroversial Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I like that you were able to show us your process for this composition. :)
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grungepuppy Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!
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betteo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
8-)
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:iconllka:
LLKa Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Really interesting, thank you!
But, I'm sorry, but I really don't know what the dodge tool is? :s
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betteo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
There is a classic retouching PS tool, divided into Burn, Dodge and Sponge. Here:
[link]
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LLKa Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Okay, thank you so much for it, cause I searched by myself before and I couldn't find. *_*
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yakkingyetis Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
wow~!! thanks for sharing~!! really appreciate it :heart:
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:iconbetteo:
betteo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
My pleasure, YY. ;)
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zeruz Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Genial tu trabajo como siempre.

Vale. Voy a procurar aplicar estos pasos en lo próximo que realice. Mi principal problema es el tiempo. Falta de práctica, supongo.
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Kujaroth Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
ajalas, gracias, voy a calarle
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Le-Mat Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Well, the cleaning part, is deffinetly not my favourite:P It's really interesting, that You use polygonal selction with so precisely. I'm always using freehand painting. I'm not patient enough for such precision.
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betteo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
Don't panic. Lasso is REALLY boring.
I just used polygonal lasso selections for the clothing and the weird blue thing. Very simple outshapes.
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melies Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Very Nice, how long does it take you to complete the illustration?? You seem to work pretty fast.
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betteo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Maybe 1 hour!
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melies Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
wow...

see that's one of the things I have to work on, being faster. It takes me forever to do a piece.

Anyway, good job again...you're an inspiration!
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betteo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks, J! :bow:
Good news: Fast timing comes with practice and many years of tight deadlines!
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melies Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
hurray!

Thanks for the good news ;) and by the way, it's cool that you take time to answer people's questions, lots of artist don't usually take time to do it.
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betteo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Politeness and good vibe is not a problem.
But time is! =D
My pleasure.
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UrielPerez Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Todo un maestro del arte digital ;)
felicidades compa!!!
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betteo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
8-)
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UrielPerez Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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OCL-R Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
awesome!
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snak Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Betteo, you read my mind. From your last post [link].32 I was wishing you would do a tutorial. :heart:THANKS
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betteo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
My pleasure. :bow:
In the end, when I see this "tut" once again, I realize that 90% of it is pure color adjustments! (the big shading part was done in just one step... BUMMER) Anyway, it reflects somehow the time I spend on each part.
Post-prod maniac I am!
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Juanka100 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
muchas gracias por el tutorial
ahora a probar que cosa sale.

saludos
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artisticpsycho87 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
thank you for this..fantastic style might i add man..been a fan for a while
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mhazaru Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
great tutorial :)

i have a question- for step 3 (the gray layer) do you find it an advantage to paint values in grays than just doing it straight (meaning to just put colors right away)? or is it more of a personal preference?

i'm still working on my own method and want to try the 'underpainting' style tyyyy :)
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betteo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Well, it's a matter of preferences and personal "moods".
I find it useful for times when I only want to focus on volume, leaving colors for later. It's faster, for sure.
But not always. Sometimes I enjoy straight color--- It gives a different look!
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Salvax Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
a technique revealed!! ..I enjoyed really un monton =D
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Pardilate Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mi angustia se calmó cuando me di cuenta que lo unico que necesito hacer es experimentar y ver que me hace feliz (en la ilustracion y en la vida)
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mennyo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
orale muy chido proceso :)
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beethy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Photographer
Always had a feeling you did it like this. :)
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betteo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Massive color adjustments... like a pro cheater-photographer!! :horns:
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beethy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Photographer
hehehe :D
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rainpause Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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K-Positive Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks for that. I waited so long to see some of "behind Betteo's magic tricks".
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justoon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
well, THAT I like!
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Aramelh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Artist
muy muy interesante... este veranito tengo que sacar tiempo y pulir técnica, así que estoy recopilando truquillos como estos.
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Obtenebratio Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
This is informative and good. :)
I always like to see how other artists work.
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Rorkas Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Ha, it's so easy as I thought, just 9 steps and I am author of masterpiece. :D
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:iconbetteo:
betteo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
C'mon!=D
Add 8 years of doing the same thing, over and over and over.
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Rorkas Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
yea... and just 8 years? so I will have a chance to make such drawings, when I will be a pensionary :D Easy. Thanks, Betteo for your formula for succses: 9 steps + 8 years = masterpieces. :D :D
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for sharing. You are a champ! :)
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VdVector Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Un gran aporte, como siempre Mr! No tenia idea del layer amarillo como base para pintar. Muy buen tutorial, gracias por compartir tan buen arte como siempre!(Creo que esta de mas decir que soy fan de tu trabajo desde hace años! :D ) Saludos!
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betteo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
El amarillo equivale a trabajar en un papel de color.
Regla básica! =D
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VdVector Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Anotado y aprendido sr! Muchas Gracias!
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