View Full Version : C.O.W. - #059: Creek Crawler - Official Tutorial by JakkaS
September 7th, 2006, 02:20 PM
COW #059 - Creek Crawler
"I start with few sketches, ideas but usually I know how the creature should look. So I am drawing a few variants of the chosen idea. Here are they with the brushes I have used for this painting.
When I have my sketch, I make a blank new image and start drawing. I use the sketch but usually don’t work on them. When I am drawing it from the beginning, I have the opportunity to draw a few things in a different way or sometimes just by accident, I can find some new ideas.
When I have my sketch, I can make a layer for first colors. I don’t start with grayscale like most of u do. Reason? I was trying it but I wasn’t satisfied. The colors were dirty and everything was too flat. Anyway, I start with my basic colors and when the colors are ok, I usually make the picture flat again (sometimes I work on many layers but not this time).
At this moment, I work only with brushes. I don’t have any special technique so there is nothing to share with u. Maybe next time :D.
After the drawing is finished I usually experiment with custom brushes or by adding the dirt, I am trying to make the picture more interesting. I use for this second layer set on multiply or other filter – I am still experimenting with this.
Below u can fine the work steps and my final.
Photoshop, about 10-11 hours.
September 7th, 2006, 02:21 PM
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September 7th, 2006, 02:23 PM
WIPs and steps
September 7th, 2006, 02:24 PM
Enjoy, ask and discuss! ;)
September 7th, 2006, 02:32 PM
Interesting. Do you ever lasso stuff and tweak the hue saturation value as you get closer from mid-point to final?
Its also cool to see you refine and edit ideas out of the picture... like the eyestalks coming out of the water.
September 7th, 2006, 02:33 PM
Wow, nice to see the progress mr. Jakkas. Love the little thumbs.
September 7th, 2006, 03:23 PM
thx man.. very nice.. how manny layers (just curious :))
September 7th, 2006, 03:26 PM
Always absorbing ideas and methods constantly. Thanks for the breakdown on your great entry, Jakkas.
September 7th, 2006, 05:27 PM
i've always wondered "how you do it" and now ....the answer! Thanks :) great stuff, I like the thumbs as well I need to start doing that more often. You're a master of polish that's for sure, whether its in the design of the subject or the execution. I look forward to seeing more of these.
September 7th, 2006, 06:37 PM
I'd like to see a step 3 1/2. It went fairly quickly from a colored sketch to an unfinished painting. But beggars can't be choosers, I guess. Awesome to see a master at work.:rendered:
September 8th, 2006, 04:03 AM
Just love how you shrimped his eyes in the final haha
Thx and keep up the good work !
September 8th, 2006, 04:16 AM
I like shrimps too man.
September 8th, 2006, 10:41 AM
This is a great tutorial, thanks for sharing this with everyone!
September 8th, 2006, 01:54 PM
this is the best idea! i love tutorials =)
this truly amazing jakkas, i hope that you will continue doing tut´s!
September 9th, 2006, 12:14 AM
Jakkas, you are the man. When are you gonna display your work on FF?
September 10th, 2006, 10:59 AM
Hey one question to add
When you are using your bruch - what sort of settings do you tend to have it on, as in terms of opacity, flow etc
September 11th, 2006, 07:10 AM
Sorry Guys, I was quit busy.
Michael Jaecks – Of course I use them. But usually in the last stage of work. However, I noticed that playing with layers gives more interesting effects then using hue or saturation. When I want to change some color or gives some dirt/texture, I create empty layer and use some custom brushes with random color. Just to try making the picture more interesting. I draw some shapes over the surface I want to change and the I set the layer to on of the filter – multiple, darken etc. Different settings gives different effects, but accidentally u could find something cool.
Supervlieg – Thx :D
Joey-b – For this one 3. One for the background and the creature (sometime I separate them), one for the Ambers and details and one for text. I usually create additional layers when I am not sure if the idea I want to try will be fine. If the details or colors I am trying are good I making the picture flat again.
AztcFireFlower - :D
Stephan_R – Thank u…I think I will make at least one more in the future ….if FOZZ will agree.
Moai – This is my first “tutorial”. Next time I will make more steps and probably I will write more comments.
KaWaii – Thx
Ostrander - :D
BANCK – Thx, I think there will be more! :D
cognition.sb – hehehe, I think it will be soon. I don’t have any choice…:D Too many people asking for that. U see, I still don’t have good portfolio but I am close to finish it. When I throw my old works and put the new ones will make my thread on FF.
Tom Garden – It is always an experiment. Usually I use only few brushes with standard settings. When I create a new one, it looks like that, [this is Polish version but u can see what I have set]. Btw, when I am drawing I set flow 90-100% and then a use keys from 1 (10%) to 0 (100%) to changing the opacity. It depends how much of color I want to add.
Sorry if the answers are not clear enough but for me it’s hard to explain something in English. I hope, I it was useful. :yayca:
September 11th, 2006, 09:03 AM
I think I will make at least one more in the future ….if FOZZ will agree.
I agree :) :perv:
September 11th, 2006, 03:24 PM
Hey Jakkas, thanx for showing the process. I love seeing how other artists work.
question: What resolution do you work at (sorry if you have already answered this).
September 11th, 2006, 05:42 PM
Vampire Ninja - I work at 2000-3500px /300dpi :D
September 12th, 2006, 10:17 AM
Neat. This is cool.
September 13th, 2006, 05:16 PM
Thx Chuck...I hope u will be the next :D
btw, thx for the vote in the last round :D
November 18th, 2006, 10:42 AM
Your style rocks dude!
Do you look allot at photographs for water and such?:lens:
October 22nd, 2007, 09:07 AM
kick ass dude. I am just starting to learn the ins and outs of digital painting and this is a great tutorial to aid me on my way.
October 26th, 2007, 02:56 PM
Thanks for puting that tutorial together for us! It definitely leaves me asking for more. Damn I miss not being able to paint.
Are you just using photoshop?
November 2nd, 2007, 02:05 AM
Fozzybar, JakkaS, thanks for putting this together! I'm excited to see your c.o.w. 100 results too.
November 6th, 2007, 05:54 AM
Hehe wlasnie przeczytalem ze studiwales w Polsce....
Muj brat studiwal na ASP w Krakowie...
Ale rodzina sie przeniosla do Szwajcarij w 81...
Fajnie jest ciebie tutaj poznac....i przepraszam jak muj polski pisemny nie jest naj lepszy ( nigdy sie tego naprawde nauczylem ;-))