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Here's the process for my latest figure painting which you can check out here: [link]

The first step is just establishing the gesture and proportion of the figure, the main focus is on the pose.

The second step is to find all the bones so the landmarks for attaching muscles are clearly visible.

The third step is to add on all the muscles on top considering each one individually and how they function as a whole.

Fourth step is just dropping the opacity.

Fifth step is a clean line drawing on top with flesh and fat added in to the mix, so most of the musculature disappears but its used as a guide.

Sixth step is to establish the basic shadow patterns to clearly separate light and dark.

Seventh step is to add a gradating midtone to establish which part of the lights will be the very lightest.

And finally the eighth step is all the subtle rendering to make it look realistic. It looks like a big jump from step 7, but really all it is is adjusting the edges between the lights and the darks and adding in the subtle halftones. It's not hard, it just takes a lot of time and careful observation.

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Poringmaster Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I just love how you're able to construct the bones and muscles
I'm drilling them in my head, but it's gets confusing xD.
You're process is really helpful :D Thanks!
dragons-dreamer Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
This is very cool! The steps are perfect for understanding where shadows and light go. I see this was done with charcoal. But, if you perhaps do any digital rendering, what tool are you using for subtle rendering for the final piece? Are you using the blending tool or something else? I'm having trouble with making shadows and highlights come together evenly. Any input is appreciated, thanks!

- Nita
Andantonius Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! This was actually entirely digital, not charcoal. :)

And all the subtle rendering was just done with a regular hard-round brush with opacity set to pressure sensitivity; just a matter of using the eyedropper and pressing very lightly with your tablet pen. I've actually got a tutorial on blending in my gallery which you might check out, could be helpful.

dragons-dreamer Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
"Photoshop doesn't know what looks good, people do." I LOVE your tutorial! It is exactly what I was looking for. You're so awesome; I appreciate you replying back to me! :D I swear the other figure painting was charcoal, I never would've guessed. Thanks again!

- Nita
Andantonius Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! Glad to be of help! :)
NImportant Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Looks great...! Thanks for steps and explanation :)
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