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Link with Headphones: Step by step by EternaLegend Link with Headphones: Step by step by EternaLegend
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Here is the step-by-step that I promised to upload. :) I wouldn't say that it's a tutorial, but more or less of an insight as to how I drew the artwork from scratch to end.
I forgot to mention that in step 5, I merged the colour/overlay layers with the black and white layer of Link for easier clean up and detailing. The background layer doesn't get merged with Link until the very end.

Photoshop CS5 and Corel Painter 11 with a Wacom bamboo tablet was used to create this artwork.

Feel free to ask me any questions below on this step-by-step guide!


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:icondekler:
Dekler Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't know what I find more amazing; the art or the fact that you wrote the tutorial in Comic Sans o_o 

Thank you so much for the tutorial~!
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
I don't know what the deal is with the usage of Comic Sans as a font. :P I didn't even realise what font I was using until it was already too late.

But thanks!
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odDistortion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love the feel in the first picture- can I ask how long you usually spend on quick sketches like this? And what kind of brushes you use for it? I use sai, so that probably won't help me much, but.. Oh, and did you have to practice simply sketching alone to be able to get that good at getting the general feel of the picture?
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
I spend no longer than an hour on the first sketches. And I use Photoshop's default chalk brushes on the sketch phase.

And I would say so yes. You'll get better at sketching if you practice it everyday. :)
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:iconcontraltissimo:
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Cool!  :clap:
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:iconfullerjames:
fullerjames Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
neat, link is awesome
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:iconseleuf:
Seleuf Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work! Looks great!
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xxletmedreamforeverx Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS IS AMAZING I WISH I COULD DRAW THIS WELL OMG
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:iconfidessa-chan:
Fidessa-chan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist
that is epic!! :D
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ILoveAsgardians Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What brushes do you you use for the hair, skin, clothes, ect.? 
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
I use quite a variety from both PS and Painter. In Photoshop I use both default (the circle brush) and custom made brushes and in Painter, I use the oil pastel brushes a lot for everything.

It's all about trying everything you have to achieve the best results for different areas.
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ILoveAsgardians Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thanks!
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:iconantonfair:
antonfair Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Classic with a twist of modern tech. Love it!
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:iconcheeseskai:
CheeseSkai Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
is that...comic sans?
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b-ford Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
How many hours did it take finish this pic?
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:iconeternalegend:
EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
I'm not so sure to be honest since I took a lot of breaks over the course of a few days. Maybe 6 - 12 hours if I put all of my time together?
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Pepsipup Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
How long does it take you to sketch it out in grayscale?
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:iconeternalegend:
EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Not that long. Probably an hour or so? The colouring and detailing takes the longest.
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Kathaersys Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
so, I once tried the greyscale technique and failed terribly. I think I'll try again though :) Do you always use this technique? And also, how do you apply texture? only with brushes?
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
I don't always use this technique. My technique changes a lot depending on what I'm drawing. I find that the greyscale technique works best if you know what you want to draw, but are not sure with the use of specific colours at an early stage.
I apply texture with the use of brushes only. I don't use stock photos or scanned textured paper to put over the artwork. I just find it a bit of a hassle imo.

I hope my answers have helped in some way! x)
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:iconkathaersys:
Kathaersys Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
It certainly did! Thanks a lot :)
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JayDangerVL Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
*mindblown*
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:iconckay1100:
ckay1100 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think 'Voilą' is the word you were looking for in the last panel. XD
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:iconeternalegend:
EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Yep. Whoops xD
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SakiaLumei Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Artist
I see now :> wonderful!
If I may ask, what types of brushes are you using on your sketch layer? In addition, can this be done soley on Corel Painter? I have PS and Painter but PS doesn't work well on my computer unfortunately V_v 
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
I mainly use the default chalk brushes on PS for the early sketch with the texture either turned on or off.
And yes! You can do this entirely on Painter. I just find that it's easier to edit and fix mistakes on PS - especially during the early stages of your art, but Painter's brushes are better imo. And it's also for the fact that I'm trying to use PS a bit more. x)
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SakiaLumei Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Artist
Same here, thank you so much =w=
Also, still sorry to bother, but I'm having most difficulty on using the color/overlay layer on top. My drawing looks like it goes through a Hue/Saturation rather than being colored and gives off a metallic look. Am I doing something wrong? ;w;
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
You might have the layer opacity up way too high (at 100%). Sometimes it helps to lower it down a lot to avoid it appear way too colourful and saturated.
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SakiaLumei Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Artist
Alright! Thank you so much for your help ;w;
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m-a-c-h-o Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013

Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! I have learned a lot from your process! Keep up the wonderful work!

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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Not a problem! Thank you!
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:iconfirelightprincess:
firelightprincess Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist
So were your only layers in this Link, the background and the colour overlay?
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:iconeternalegend:
EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Sort of. I drew the headphones on a layer of its own then merged it into Link when it was done. But everything else, was pretty much what you mentioned.
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:iconfirelightprincess:
firelightprincess Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Ok cool. Thanks!
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:iconfmboie:
FMBOIE Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
brilliant!!!
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:iconbeauvb:
beauvb Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Love it!♥
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JelloPixel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist
ahem...may i ask a question? How did you exactly blend the grey colours together to make it smoother, you know, on the 2-3 bit of Link? I  hope you understand what im saying XD i word my questions wrong XD
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
I understand, don't worry xD
I just used Photoshop's default circle brushes, but bring down the "hardness" of the brush to 0%. It's pretty much an airbrush at 0% and it blends brush strokes in with each other so well if you combine it with the colour picker tool.
I never use the smudge tool to blend. It just feels too artificial for my taste.
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JelloPixel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist
ohh, thats how!! thanks!
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:iconjellopixel:
JelloPixel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist
yaya!!! this really helps!!! thanks!
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:iconzemimsky:
zemimsky Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, if those headphones existed in reality, they'd sell like hot buns!
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:iconeternalegend:
EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
I'd definitely buy one, that's for sure!
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:iconzemimsky:
zemimsky Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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