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Well of Souls - Walkthrough by Andantonius Well of Souls - Walkthrough by Andantonius
Here's the step-by-step walkthrough for my Well of Souls piece: [link]

Hopefully it's self-explanatory, but feel free to ask any questions you may have and I'll answer them as soon as I can. :)

Also if you feel so inclined, feel free to vote for my piece in the official contest gallery! [link]

Cheers!
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WaitingForEmma Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Step 12 Polishing!
jokes aside thank you for the tutorial, it is very insightful! hope you make more in the future
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, you're right actually, I actually went back in to this piece a couple months ago and did some redrawing and polishing. It never ends. xP
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AllyxG Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How large is the canvas you use?
(and thanks, this was great)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think this one was about 8,000 pixels wide. Pretty much however large is needed to paint the details without having to go to 1 and 2 pixel brushes.
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AllyxG Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
oh okay, thank you!
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harkins Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awesome, thanks for sharing
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MidKnightFapper Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Thanks for posting this!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! :)
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sketchy208 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
awesome! thank you for sharing your process!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure, glad it's helpful! :)
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Sirdael Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOUU ! And again thank you soooo much ! :3 you helped me a lot :3
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it was helpful! :)
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OrionsHavoc Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Digital Artist
That is awesome thanks for putting this up :D
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FRESHxMEAT Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant mate! Cheers for this!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! :)
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Inq-Techpriest Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Phenomenal.
Thanks for posting the step by step!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it was helpful! :)
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:iconthe-muddy:
the-muddy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! :)
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:iconesnym:
esnym Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   Digital Artist
... I'm speechless.
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:iconumbravita:
Umbravita Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Day-um. This is fantastic.
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:iconphram:
PHRAM Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
from a diablo fan, a huge load of thanks, for real.
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Wolfrigman Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing job!!! Thaks for sharing this tutorial.
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Firsher Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Every time you make a tutorial I get over excited. :I
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hatthecat123 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student General Artist
wow that is pretty sexy best of luck in the contest
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Yeesa Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist
THANK YOU!
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I always love step-by-steps, heh. Definitely a very useful read for many people, you can never press that first bit (the importance of good preparation and thumbnails) enough to be honest. So many people just jump the gun and find themselves having to fix a half-polished piece reluctantly.

The only thing that bothered me a little bit, which surprisingly I thought looked -way- stronger in your thumbnail (so I guess you did have the right idea but just polished it out a little) was how when I first looked at the piece, I thought the shaman and the demons were of the same side and that the guy doing the magic was summoning them or rallying them, so to speak. In your thumbnail, it's immediately clear that the magic cast is separating him from the demons, that it has force to it and will blast them away. In the finished piece, it's kind of a gentle flow. Still a clear boundary but it's definitely lost it's force. I though that was a bit of a shame (it may also have to do with the fact that the shaman has the same skin color just with more decorations; I thought he was of a higher rank or something at first). That's pretty much it though, love the composition and how everything leads us to the shaman's mask. Of course it being your art there's a pleasant amount of glowiness and sparkliness to it that really makes it pop ;). Love the musculature too and the hands looks really convincing! For some reason badly drawn hands can really throw me off in some pieces but you nailed them in this one :).
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Andantonius Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Lhune! Much appreciated! :D

And yeah totally, I see what you mean. The thumbs did have much more punch with the magic that helped describe the scene; I'll see about going back in and boosting some of the glow effects to try and get some of that back. Really feeling the situation and getting the explosiveness and motion of the action is something I'm really focusing on lately, really tough.

And totally, hands can make or break an image, it's crazy how much the quality of an image jumps up just by really working out the hands.

Thanks! :)
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ohgod I know, I always over-render my pics as well and my finished pictures look so much less dynamic than my thumbnails/sketches as a result. I never really know when to stop polishing to prevent myself from taking out the action. I still think you did a really good job, it's just that the thumbnail was more powerful, but as you said it's just tough to do well. Guess we just gotta keep workin' ;).

You're welcome!
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Myeeeah Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Even the sketchs are awesome !
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Eliminate Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Samik99 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student General Artist
wow jon really helpfull thnx for this walkthru process man so many reminders and bam reference! inspirationnnn x a million. so good to see this i really need to work on my thumbnail stage / comp more. and this piece turned out sickkkkkkkkk
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Andantonius Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude! Glad ya dig it! :)
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CaseyD2K Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That is some epic business right there! Great stuff dude!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks muchly! :)
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calette Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love a good walkthrough that also explains the through processes and everything along with the actual steps of the image. Thanks for the insight!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! :)
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SimonHK Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student
thanks alot.
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neocoolstar Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow thanks for sharing! Do you zoom into your drawing often for other things besides the main focus or do you stay out a certain distance to get the right shapes in and less detailed in comparison?
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Andantonius Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!

I usually try to zoom in as little as possible, for the same reason I try to use small brushes as little as possible. I usually try to paint the larger, overall things quite zoomed out so I can see the entire canvas at once. Then when I get down in to detailed rendering, like the Witch Doctor's mask, I'll zoom in between 50 and 100%, further in the finer the detail gets, but it's super super important to every so often zoom back out so you can tell if the details you're adding are actually helping or not. Then with less detailed stuff like the grass I stayed zoomed out most of the time, going in to 50% on rare occasion to clean things up.
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Jelux09 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good one! and thanks for the walkthrough
I was doing a female monk for this Diablo 3 contest, but not finished on time :(
Thanks again for the walktrough!
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RodrigoOlvera Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much
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Tyranous-King Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
jawdroppping
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nanchino Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist
it's so amazing that I don't wanna close that tab...even adding this to my favs :(
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joie Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Thank you for sharing this.
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Artsed Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
May i ask what size of canvas do you use for these kind of drawings?
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This piece was 8000px wide, that's one of my bigger canvases, for less complicated pieces I'd usually use around 5000px.
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Artsed Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
thank you so much
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anzareveange Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a bunch of details make your pictures really epic. Very good job!
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