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January 5, 2013


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What is your Process for Making Art?

Sky-C Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
When making a proper, finished piece of art, what's your process?

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Kell0x Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
1: use references / if not then draw from my mind but make several sketches to see which is the best ( also look at my own body to sometimes see of the pose is possible)
2: draw lines and block/round figures for where the hand and head are supposed to be
3: sketching details with pencil
4: Cleaning the page with eraser
5: do the lineart with black fineliner
6: scan in and color in digitaly / color in using markers with white inkt for or color in with waterpaint,
nelchee Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
1. Think of an idea and sketch it down so I don't forget it.
2. (optional) Sketch several different compositions.
3. (optional) Find or photograph references I need.
4. Sketch the work with a pencil.
5. (optional) Decide on the dominant colors I will use, if it's a color work. I may make colored mock-ups in Photoshop for a traditional painting if it's an important painting.
6.a If digital, scan the pencil work and start painting over it digitally. Working from the rough loose painting into detail.
6.b If traditional, color and/or shade using my desired technique. Sometimes I ink the lineart. Sometimes I don't use lineart. I experiment with this phase of work all the time.
7. Decide the work is finished. Step away from the work.
8. Change my mind and fix some details that bother me.
RYONMA Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist
1. References
2. Draw using pencil
3. Scan
4. Add shades/colors/effects on photoshop or SAI
5. Upload here
6. Look at how sucky my artwork is compared to other artists
7. Cry
Kell0x Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
7 and 6 are my most favorite passtime I forgot to add that on my list.
MadalynC Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I MUST have a photo to work from.
I start by sketching my model.
Then I add basic colors.
Then blend extra colors in.
Then add detail.
And last, add my M. C. :D
YusakuJon3 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
   The process I've been using for recent projects has been the following:
  • I start with a series of concept sketches, sketches for working out figures and angles in the layout, and a few thumbnails from which I choose the best design

  • The final art first gets laid out in a light pencil sketch (I use softer 2B graphite which can easily be cleaned up)

  • The layout is further refined with heavier (darker) strokes, and details are filled in (at this stage, I choose whether to make it a loose breakdown or finish the pencil art)

  • The next stage is inking, either directly to the pencils (which are then cleaned), or on a blank sheet overlaid on top of the pencils with a lightbox (requires no cleaning)

  • Finally, I may choose to color the finished linework directly, digitally color a scan of the linework, or make a printout copy of it to color (the reason being that some coloring mediums like watercolor or markers can smudge certain types of ink)

   The finished work gets uploaded to my DA gallery.  The original artwork is stored in a portfolio I may carry with me when I go to visit local comic shops, art supply stores, or art shows at conventions.
Kell0x Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like you're progress. :nod: I want to try that more out to.
Gyr633 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Think. reference. Draw! Ink! Color! Adjustments! COMPLETION!
DFX4509B Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I play with whatever art or craft materials are nearby, basically.
PeytonJune Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
*find some sort of pencil/pen/colored pencil
*find some sort of paper

Honestly my best stuff is when I just draw out of a whim. If you worry about making it so organized, the creativity will slip away. Whatever process that works the best for you usually turns out the best!
DaOnlyOverlord Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Just run with an idea and see how it goes.
MagicBirdie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Either draw with ref. or without. Just draw.

Or sketch on canvas and paint.
Rizhnir Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
-Plan story and storyboard ideas.
-Agonize over sketches and poses.
-Scan the one I don't hate.
-Digitize on MS Paint and GIMP.
-Make a big oopsy somewhere along the line, start over again.
-Put in text for speech.
-Upload here!

Rinse and repeat. Sometimes I wonder, What have I gotten myself into?
EdenHearne Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Blank canvas. And then let your mind run free. Forget planning.
Glori305 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
rough sketch. Leave it alone for a day or so, come back, fix the idea. Walk away one more time, then come back, if I think it is ready it goes into production, if I don't I fix things and repeat the process until ready.

I do mostly 3D art now, sculpture and jewlery, but when I don't do a bunch of rough sketches, I am dissapointed with the final product, even if halfway thru making it another idea happens, and I change things.
Kell0x Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love how your first part of the progress reminds me how people make movies. :la:
Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pencil sketch
trace onto new sheet of paper using pens
use marker or watercolor for base colors
use colored pencil (or sometimes other tools) for shading
use white paint for highlights/sparkle/shiny desu
Kell0x Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Just a tip but using mixed media with traditional coloring is very hard unless you have much experience in that field. (like a serious pro ) If you aren't that good with it its not a good idea to mix traditional art mediums. ( trust me I am in the same boat ^^; ) it makes the art look messy, a bit sloppy and undefined. Ever thought of trying to do shading/basic coloring with just markers or just watercolor? that way you gain more experience with how to shade using the same meduims.
Applethecat13 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sketch, edit the sketch, ink the lines, color, shade, light, backdrop, effects. In that order.
Juturn-AL Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
sketch, look at composition and where you want things on the paper or whatever you're using. Then vision the final product, start adding hard marks, then just work on what I visioned. If it has color, I do think of what colors would go with each other the I would hardmark it and go on from there. Almost always adding random things as I go along.
Hailo95100 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Sketch something random, hope it looks good, ink, base colors, shade. My best pictures have been ones I didn't even plan, but I guess I just end up being in the mood to draw at the time.
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