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Azure Process by Andantonius Azure Process by Andantonius
Here's the step-by-step process for my Azure piece: [Link]

Pretty straightforward on this one, started with loose sketching, clean-ish linework on top of that, an underpainting, then a few days in rendersville. :)

Probably around 25 hours total.
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giselleukardi Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this! It's so helpful :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
No worries! :)
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Mariya14 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Gods, this is so amazing, I can't stop watching it over and over again! :wow:
Just wanted to let you know, your art is really amazing, it just inspires to practice more :squee:
I have one little question, are you using Photoshop, or some other programs too? 
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
haha, thanks very much!

And yep, all my work is done in Photoshop, though I'll often block out complicated structures / weapons in SketchUp too.
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Mariya14 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the answer :D
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:iconserblimeartist:
SerblimeArtist Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  New Deviant  Digital Artist
Amazing!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconlanasy:
Lanasy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is one of the best progress shots I've seen in a while.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Savix-Art Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
WOOOW so good! 
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Psewell Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd be interested to know a bit more about how you did the tail. It looked like you used some sort of curve tool to get that nice clean sweep.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry for the crazy late response; but yeah whenever I need a really long and precise curve I'll use the pen tool to design the shape, then fill the selection on its own layer and lock the transparency so it stays clean while I render.
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CookArts Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Yrel? Draenei. Females. Yes!
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SeikonoMaro Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
I love watching this.
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TheClintHennesy Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I think I've always had an issue with the linework part and going straight to render from the rough-ish sketch. xD But really awesome. :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, yeah, I used to start painting a lot earlier but I've learned as the years go on that most of the problems in my artwork happened because of not spending enough time at the drawing stage, so I try to clean up the lines as much as possible before starting the render.
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zhaur Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
How do you render so well? ;---; Could you do a tutorial?
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks! I'm afraid there's really no secret to it, it's just an application of light and form fundamentals and the patience to noodle on things for hours until they look right, haha. If you want to study the subjects I'd definitely recommend James Gurney's book Color and Light. :)
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:iconzhaur:
zhaur Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's a very helpful recommendation, thank you very much!
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:iconhazelgee:
Hazelgee Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A beautiful piece, really helpful to see the stages involved! Thank you for sharing <3
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like it! :)
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:icononarissa:
oNarissa Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o god op
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:iconriipause:
RiiPause Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
my brain can't cope, it's too good
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha, thanks! :D
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YeyeiAlba Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
fukintastic!! O.O

A really amazing job.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconniniganni:
Niniganni Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So nice! Very impressive to see how you doing your work! And I really enjoy your coloringstyle <3
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! I'm glad you like it. :B
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Sanemichi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work! I liked a lot to watch the process.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you enjoyed it! :)
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Block-Buster-17 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
The amount of detail and precision is staggering and commendable!!  You truly love what you do, and it is lucidly evident!!  Your solid time, effort, imagination, and talent have paid off!!  Keep up the tremendous labor!!!

The step-by-step endeavor enables others to see what it takes in order to complete an art piece of this magnitude!!  Nod Nod 
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, I appreciate it! :)
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Faraleigh Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student Writer
You make it look so simple... :lol:

Near the end, while figuring out her tail, there's a giant swirly blue line. What was that for? I'm sure it's something simple, but I just can't figure it out. :)

I love watching the evolution of the wrinkles in her dress... I have a serious thing for wrinkles apparently. I suspect I'll make a superb old person...
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha, yeah condesning a 40 hour painting in to a 30 second gif definitely makes it seem simple. xD

As far as the swirly blue line, that was mainly a compositional thing. I was trying to figure out how to position the tail (the red lines) and after a few attempts realized I was just trying to cram the tail in to the corner without connecting it to the rest of the piece. So I used the swirly blue line to find some of the implied lines the elements in the piece were making, and then was able to use the tail to add to that motion and lead the eye back towards the other important elements, so it fit compositionally.

And yeah, the cloth was fun. Thanks! :B
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Faraleigh Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student Writer
Wow, I am seriously ignorant when it comes to composition. I wouldn't have even considered how all the disparate elements, like a tail, would fit together in the picture as a whole (let alone implied lines and such). When I used to draw, it was just to get an image down so other people could see what I was thinking about. I guess that just made me close to a beginner in the craft. :)

And that's why I abandoned graphic design as a career path long ago. :lol:
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Onathex99 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Onathex99 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your welcome! (Best artist in the world...)
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Encoder6 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! amazing!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Encoder6 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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SkySunnymQ Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wow!!!!!!!!!!!!
this is sooo awesome!!!!
thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! :)
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Bergholtz Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aww you forgot the face tentacles after all.  Anyhow I love seeing how other artists work. So thanks a lot for posting it. :)
Did you use any reference for it?
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Andantonius Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, they're in the final image, they just ended up being hard to see cause they're pretty thin and are obscured by the armor. And thanks, glad you like it! :D

And yeah, I used a bunch of reference. I didn't have like singular references that I exactly copied, but I gathered a bunch of different pieces as inspiration and to help fill in little details that I wouldn't have thought of on my own. So reference to provide information more than to copy. Except the hands, I shot direct ref for those. =P
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Bergholtz Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ha! I was imagining massive Chuthulu style tentacles and thought that you were joking. I don't know anything about WOW. Thank you for the insight in your work process. Hands are really important. :)
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jkemeny Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing. Love to see the process!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! :)
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mutantcomix Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's great! Thanks for posting.
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