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Christina Process by Andantonius Christina Process by Andantonius
Here's the step by step process of my latest piece, which you can see the full version of here: [link]

Thanks for looking!
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sodisenchanted Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Just amazing.!! 
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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holonium Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Amazing!! what an incredible piece of work! good job!! c:
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Eikomi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Great tutorial. Each step was explained very well! : )
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Veyrius Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Eek! :squee: Thank you so much for making time to do this tutorial~ <3 I shall try it out soon when I have the time~ :>
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, glad it was helpful! :)
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Flomaniaque Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Thank you soooo much for posting this, it's really helpful
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, glad it's useful! :)
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eclecticmuse Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is an absolutely gorgeous piece and I really appreciate the time you took to explain your method (one of these days I will actually sit down and read Loomis instead of skimming through). I do have a few questions, if you don't mind: I assume when rendering, you keep all your colors on one layer? And may I ask what basic brushes you use?

Thanks again! I really, really like the colors.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)

And yeah, I generally try to use as few layers as possible. This piece was all one layer, the only time I'll use multiple layers is if a client requests it or if I know the background is going to be complex and difficult to paint 'around' the character. Otherwise, I prefer it as simple as possible. : )

As far as brushes, don't use too many, some somewhat painterly brushes, Mr--Jack's brushes, regular hard-rounds, and a few texture brushes, nothing too fancy.
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BadbrushArt Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I'm very glad you took the time to write out all your method. Thanks
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, glad it's helpful! :D
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Xeikkeiu Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You actually start with lines? ^^ Good to see I'm not the only one, even though my art teachers constantly nag at me (they want us to start with grey shapes)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I usually start with lines. It's just another way of working; starting with shapes is easier for composition and value structure, but if you're trying to get a structurally solid portrait or figure I've found that starting with a good drawing is faster and easier.
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Xeikkeiu Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm going to try this technique for my next self portrait :) Thanks for sharing the process!
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thelytlemonster Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing :3
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Monstrous-hourglass Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing, it's really helpful!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you found it helpful! :)
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timeisgalleons Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you SO much for making this! I always had trouble with these steps but this has helped me SO much and I feel much more confident about drawing - THANK YOU!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad it was useful! :)
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diraxy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Thanks for sharing this, it's really helpful!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it's useful! :)
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daaash Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
thank you this is great!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Fodistpo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You should do a book each year breaking down some of your most popular pieces of the year. Why, just because you can... And see if you can turn a profit from it.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, maaaybe, I'd probably rather try and do some kind of like... theory or technique book... but we'll seeeee. *eyebrow wiggle*
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Keira-Jade Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for sharing!!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! :)
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cathychen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
urm..
when you add in the texture
do you just paint on the textured drawing??
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty much, yep. I overlayed the canvas texture after doing the base tones, then flattened the whole image to one layer and painted directly on top of it. :)
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cathychen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the reply..
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upshdragoon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial! It really helps. :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Chuck18mp Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for taking the time to make such a great tutorial. Really helpful.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you found it helpful! :)
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MrPryminista Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Thanks for posting. Really insightful!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad it's useful! :)
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love this tutorial! Thanks for pointing out in each step what we should be paying attention to. :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure, glad it was helpful! :D
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sowsquatch Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
And...added to Favorites. I love your tutorials and walkthroughs, they're always so helpful and a wealth of information. Thanks again, good sir.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad it's helpful! :)
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slugette Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is really very helpful. Thank you very much.
I am going to use your method of overlaying texture in middle step and see how it goes. ( I tried putting the texture in at the end, and never had good result. )
Despite my effort using ONLY texture brushes all my pictures turn out waayyy too smooth at the end..

I am very inspired by this, and I can't thank you enough. :hug:
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad it was helpful! :D

And yeah, I don't really like putting textures on the image at the end, I feel like it makes it too sterile and digital, so if you do it in the middle and then paint over top of it while leaving some areas showing through, it feels more integrated and a 'part' of the image.
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slugette Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YES!! I followed your tutorial and did a painting of my own here [link]
I am quite pleased with how it turned out. Thank you so much. :hug:
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks for showing me! Your piece turned out really nice, I can tell you had fun with the color! :D
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slugette Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww.. thank you for coming and looking at it!! :hug:

I really love your tutorials by the way. I learn so much from them, and I really appreciate you taking your time out making something like this to teach others.
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