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Tenjou Tenge: Maya - Steps. by Sahara-Inside Tenjou Tenge: Maya - Steps. by Sahara-Inside
Wip of Maya Natsume.

(I'll scrap this later, and sorry for my lame language -___-)

Done in Photoshop CS3:

1. Pencil sketch re-drawn in Photoshop. Also I made basis for the floor: view->show->grid, than view->snap to->grid, quickly outline the squares (using mouse and shift button to make long lines) and after disabling the grid and snap, transform what you got in perspective using "free transform". Very fast and simple)
2. Crop, making basic colors and anatomy. Her body was the most difficult part, I have done many mistakes until finally understood what it needs to look like.
3. I realized that I went too deep in details of Maya's appearance and started to work on the background - made basic shapes of the monsters and panted a part of the floor.
Also there were two different variations of the sword, a lot of weird laces and other stuff that I deleted in the end (I grudge spending all that time on failed things T___T)
4. Returning to Maya's beautiful body)
Fixed her belly, fixed skin-color on some parts, added some tiny details on her outfit and painted the last variation of the scabbard's laces.
5. The most tiresome part - endless monsters in background. I tried about 10-20 diffrent texture brushes but most of them didn't help at all. It came out right only when I used small round brush with opacity and shape dynamics + few hours (I spent about 4-5, I think) + three grunge brushes in the end to add some right effect.
In the end, this monsters appeared to be my favorite part of this picture and of all backgrounds I ever made)
Then, another crop + blood added.
6. Final piece. I viewed the previous step online at my blog and asked some friends to point at the main mistakes. I couldn't change any basic things, but, thanks to the comments, I fixed a lot color(skin tone), shading(her legs, outfit and sword) and anatomy(belly and her left hand)...
...but it may be not so noticeable^__^
Add name at the bottom of the picture (as OhGreat did in some of his illustrations^^)) and, finally - it looks like finished)

Well, the whole painting process is definitely not the good way of drawing. There were too much mistakes from the beginning, most part of the drawing process I was just fixing and fixing them -_-
But I learned a lot from this picture) And nevermind the not-so-original idea and strange pose, this pic won the prize at the fanart contest, so I'm really happy that my hard work got the results.
Thanks !))
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quasihedron Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like to see these creative-step images. I learn so much about the process of making art by drawing and painting and creating and recreating. Also, your hints and comments help me to envision the physical process in Photoshop. Thanx for sharing! :wow:

It is a beautiful image. I love the perspective angle. The little (vibrant) color makes the image more compelling to see where the focus must be. You have really done a wonderful job making the monster full of critters of evil intentions. While they fade into the background, they add a real subliminal message.

I could go on for a while, but time is better spent looking at your marvelous image stream.

Again, thanx for sharing you work. :D

Well done. :clap:
:star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
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darkslyer7raven Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
no words to say but wow!!!!!!!!
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TalyanaMRahl Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
you're a really artist xD *in luv*
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Deathknight-kun Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
i still think that you did an awesome job with this pic ^^

glad to see a step-by step thingy of it :D ißm palying around with photoshop too since a week or so-let´s see what the outcome is XD

still: <3 maya and your pic XD

keep it up sahara-san^^
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