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River Song - step by step by BakaSara River Song - step by step by BakaSara
So :iconi4dezign73: said she was interested in how I made my drawings, well, here it is a WIP of my last one. It's not really a tutorial, just some kind of step-by-step stuff, but I hope it's clear enough XP

I also want :iconkarlarei2003: to know that I haven't forgotten about her little request, I just thought you can't really see nice edges here, so it'll be for the next drawing (given that you have properly defined edges in that one)

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Wow you people, her hair was a real mess and quite an adventure to paint... still funny though! :iconimhappyplz:

But I absolutely hate that you can't tell she is in the TARDIS unless you remember the scene... the TARDIS is a place were you should feel safe and at home, you should always be able to tell that "you" are in it. Don't get me wrong, the new TARDIS is one of the very few things I like in the new series, but I miss that blue-green light that made you immediately guess where you were, now you don't always get that. Plus, those behind her are supposed to be the walls, and it's not like you can tell anything from those either :cry:

Oh but hey :bounce:

SEE THE FINAL PIECE: Brakes on
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MarieMisery Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Omg I love how realistic it looks.
Good job wish I could do that...
:)
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Art-Of-Malacai-Brown Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Holy shit,,,, did you pop out the vagina with a wamco in hand or what.
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BakaSara Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:lmao: lol thanks XD
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brianna13 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh awesome!
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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darkchaosempress Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
your talents are just..beyond amazing...
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you : )
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darkchaosempress Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
np^^
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juljuirt Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
You are unbelievable.
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:iconbakasara:
BakaSara Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
: O thank you!
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juljuirt Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
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OblivionxBaby Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
it looks so realistic!!!
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:iconbakasara:
BakaSara Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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Abbylikesthetrio Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
holy crap!!! that's so impressive!
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank a lot! : )
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sealy7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Holy shoot! That's brilliant!
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahah! Thank you bery much!^^
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Allons-yEveryone Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student Writer
I fucking love you! This is probably the most helpful tutorial out of all of the digi drawing tuts...mainly cos its straight to the point and very simple...

thanks!
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thanks a lot, glad it helps! : )
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Allons-yEveryone Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student Writer
No prob! It will...if I can get around to drawing again... XD

All I do his type DW fanfiction now...
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sweet-yumi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student Writer
well, fuck it. it's amazing.
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahah, thank you!
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sweet-yumi Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student Writer
how do you do the hair though?
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I just keep drawing strokes and little pieces with 3/4 px wide sponge brush (the rectangular one) and fill the brown blanks, than I smudge everything with 1 px brush, 95% strenght to give the right shape and blend it all together. I think in this one drawing I also did some dodging and burning. I took some reference and color-picked from the photoshopped photo I had previously prepared = )
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sweet-yumi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Student Writer
thank you!!!! and fuh i sadly have no tablet >:(
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christwriter Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Um ... no offense intended, hon, but you're giving people the impression you're doing this 100% freehand, and you're not. The "sketch" up there is the "Find edges" filter that's been diddled with, and you're drawing the colors from a photo and then painting them into a new layer on top of the old one, and then smudging it all together. The two clues are the paint blobs and the missing body parts--the eyes and such. NOBODY can freehand like that. And I'm speaking from experience because I used to work that way (drawing color from a photo and painting it in on a top layer) and I know exactly what it looks like when you do it.

I don't mean to rain on your parade ... like I said, I used to do that and I got some pretty nice works doing it (everything between 06 and May of 07). It's just not kosher to misrepresent your working methods like this. You should admit that you're tracing your references. It'll save you a metric ton of grief in the long run.

Also, for the record, pulling color off a photo is not a good way to work with color. It's usually too desaturated and muddy. You can kinda fix that by photoshopping your reference, but it's better to mix your own palate and work off that. Again, speaking from experience here. I did a tutorial on color-picks and choosing your own colors, and doing the color-pick after working with my own color for so long was like pulling teeth out. You'll have much more fun once you learn how to do it yourself.
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Point one: I've never ever denied or hidden any of the things I'm going to write.

Point two: the sketch is done in a new layer on the screenshot I use as reference. I then create a colored background between the reference image and the color layer which I keep visible (the bg I mean) when I'm actually coloring. I never use filters when drawing the sketch.

Pointh three: the missing body parts may change from drawing to drawing, you'll notice if you go look at some of my other WIPs. When I draw and color without reference I still tend to leave more detailed things such as the eyes for later (I usually proceed going from less to more detailed on layers - not PS layers, "conceptual" layers).

Point four: I've always said my paintings are not indeed modified screnshots, photomanipulations or the original screenshot with a filter on it, but I've always made it clear that I keep the reference under my actual color layers with the colored background in between, as well. This doesn't mean I color directly on top of the reference and then "smudge it all together". My color layer is the only one that gets involved when I use my smudging tecnique, which as a matter of fact is not to blend a lazily-colored sketch but to blend a very accurately-colored sketch and give the sharpen look to my paintings.

Point five: I pick the colors off the screenshot for a reason. Thank you very much for the advice, which is welcome, but I think that is the best way to achieve the look I want. As I've already said in other comments, I photoshop the screenshots (curves, levels, hue/saturation, etc.) and then pick the colors. This piece had the reference's levels modified, some other paintings had the reference's colors changed (such as the color of clothes) and two of my paintings in particular had two reference screenshots put together each. And yes, screenshots I use as reference are also too blurry or low-quality, that's why my high-definition paintings are much better than the reference image.
As I said before I'm not lazy when painting but picking colors is not such an exhausting work for me and my smudging tecnique helps me create new colors as I go.

Point six: I have fun both doing things like this and painting without any reference. I've tried both. Doing this is what I'm interested in right now.

Point seven: I repeat, I've never kept secret that I'm no artist, I could never draw/paint like that without keeping my ref some layers under and literally copying from it. I'm not trying to fool anyone here, and maybe if you had looked just a little bit closer into my descriptions and comments you wouldn't have wasted your time. I don't do this for pageviews or popularity either. It is usually clear to people watching me or checking out my gallery, but if it's not, there you go: I appreciate favs and compliments, but apart from that, I couldn't care less. I'm much more interested in comments that allow me to talk to people about things I enjoy (this TV show in particular) and start some nice internet conversations where we exchange opinions.

Point eight: I usually prefer when people ask things rather then when they assume things and sell them for facts. It's ok if you say you think I may give the wrong impression to people, but I just can't stand it that you had such arrogance as to say what I do when you didn't know - in fact you were so sure about filters and coloring but that's not my method. That being pointed out I'm not offended of course, but please next time just ask me if you have doubts about my tecnique.

However, I still get your point, and I think form now on I'll keep a section of my journal for explaining my tecnique - this should make everything easier.
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christwriter Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Whee, calm down, there's no need to get defensive and go ballistic. I thought "Find edges filter+diddled with" because that's what I would use to get a "sketch" when I work with a photo that I want to get a close match to. I did not mean that you don't do a hell of a lot of work to get the image finished. I worked this way too, I know how much work it is. I quit working this way because it's too much work, IMHO, for the results I get.

The only reason I bring it up is tracing/paintovers are a HUGE hotbutton issue on DA. I can think of three artists I either followed or knew personally who were confronted on their working methods via a website showing side-by-side comparisons, layovers and such, and it got real nasty real fast. One of them was an artist I really respected and is someone I still consider my friend. I would rather not see that happen yet again, to another artist that I think has some pretty good potential (given the detail work you put back in).

And I do apologize for not asking. In the past I have asked deceptive artists very politely how they work and have been lied to. The first few times I accepted it as the truth, and then found out later that they'd been confronted and had their works deleted. After that, I assumed I was being lied to and have, in every single case, been proven correct when they are confronted a few months on down the line. I frankly am sick of being lied to. It's usually "Yeah, I mixed a palate and freehanded it. No references. It only took me four hours" when I have the screen shot they used open in another tab. I apologize again. I did not expect either honesty or forthrightness, as I have never encountered it before regarding these working methods. I'm much more impressed by that than I ever would be by realism. Art can be taught. Honesty and openness can't.

Take care.
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's ok. And I know how it feels to be lied to about things like this since I've experienced it, too. You ask and people think since you were mild and polite it means you're dumb and will get easily fooled, that's what happened to me and it wasn't pleasant at all. That's probably why being called a sort of a "liar" got me a little upset in the first place.

Once again, I gladly accept your advice, really. I'll do as I said in the last comment and put a description of my tecnique regarding these paintings in my journal, so that it is completely visible and accessible to everyone.

I didn't mean to sound rude or anything either, so sorry if I did.

No rancor, I take?
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christwriter Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
None. Like I said, I've watched the confrontation/meltdown thing happen three times and it was NASTY every time. I don't want it to happen to me, or to anybody else who can do good work. You have the right to do whatever you need to do to get the results you want, as long as you're honest.

So yeah, no hurt feelings and I look forward to seeing more of your stuff in the future.
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
= )
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DeathByFeather Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
AMAZING!
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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jinkies36 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Really interesting, so different to my method!
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butterflybabe23 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Student General Artist
After seeing your work I was about to ask you to do something like this. Someone beat me to it :P
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
= )

Hope it helps ; D
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butterflybabe23 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Student General Artist
well it helped me see the steps you take, and it seems a good idea to put a dark underlayer, but it also made me realise that you have to be able to draw people in the first place, so until I can do that I'll have to keep it in mind.
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Brttnybr08 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Student Photographer
Please, I beg of you to do a full tutorial on coloring. I've been trying to figure out how to color and shade a person for the past few months. I can manage the lines...but the color...bleh! I can never get it. *Goes to mass fav your gallery and hopefully discover tutorials*.
The biggest issue I have is picking the colors.
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry, I'm not so sure I can help you, 'cause I modify the ref image so that it looks how I want it to be, then when I'm satisfied I pick the colors from there.
I could do however a tutorial about my tecnique (maybe that could help), so you just keep looking from time to time, ok?
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Brttnybr08 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Student Photographer
Thanks! Don't worry about it too much though! I'm sure that I will eventually learn, haha. And I'll be sure to check every so often. =]
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
= D
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Dannikenka Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
This is amazing :heart:
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! = )
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i4dezign73 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010   Digital Artist
Bloody Awesome. And still amazing how you turn them around so quick.

So how long on average do they take you from start to finish?
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, I never really check. I usually work from 1 to 4 hours a day, from 2 to 4/5 days... guess it depends... :bucktooth:

= )
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eurasia-art Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's brilliant ^_^
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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DoctorNorik Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
But... how the hell did you do the hair?
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BakaSara Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Mmmh, they were a bit of a challenge, indeed!

Or it's really not clear? :bucktooth:
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DoctorNorik Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Well, it just looks more complicated than you made it seem.
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