First 2014 post! I LOVE the TMNT Nickelodeon designs, Ive been watching the show while drawing (liked it so far, but to me, best part of any chapter is the into, I still didn't get tired of it), and also reading the old 80s-90s comics and the new ones by IDW. Cool stuff. Its always nice drawing ninja turtles, so I did my first Donatello drawing ever.

1. Sketch: This one is not the first sketch I did, its a cleaned one. Once Im happy with the drawing I erase lines here and there to clean it a bit
2. Final Lines: I hate this step, since lines are almost invisible at the end of the piece, I don´t know why the hell I keep doing it. Yeah, Im that dumb. Anyway, as you can see, lines here are even less detailed than in the skecth , specially in the areas that I decide to define with colors (like in the folds of the elbow patch, the mask, belt and so on). I don´t intend to make them look cool or great, they are more a guide than anything else.
3. Flats: Not much to say. I try to be careful with the color filling, because line´s opacity is very low, and they take the colors of the layer below. I also hate this step.
4. Shades: Now we are talking! This is FUN! Several layers in multiply mode. Painted them with the regular soft and hard photoshop brushes
5. Lights: lots of layers in different blending modes: overlay (my fav), screen, hard light, etc.. Glowings here and there, and its done. I used the spatter brush, because it gives a nice texture to it
6. Merged layers: This is not a step itself, I just added it to show how the picture looks at this point
7. Textures: I usually don´t texturize  my drawings at all. But this one asked for it, so I used different stock textures Ive found around the internet, with veeeery low opacitties, mixing several blending modes. I also added different tones in skin, bandages and leather. I worked this step with lots of different brushes, but again, I mainly used the Spatter brush.
8. Final: BG is pretty simple, it was done very fast. I just painted an overhead light with soft brushes, and used a random sewer pic with super low opacity and a big gaussian blur behind everything. I also did a few color balance tweaks to make Donatello blend with the BG and thats all!

Hope this helps a bit. Feel free to ask anything!

4 comentarios:

David McBride dijo...

This is amazing!!! I love how you showed your process, great stuff!!


This is great. Definitely brilliant to see your steps. What I've never understood is why the purple shading for the shadows?

Javier Burgos "Javas" dijo...

Thanks guys!

It works well that purple ish colour in multiply mode. but I tend to vary that color depending on the piece

Pepo dijo...

Hola muy buenas,me gusta mucho como coloreas y estaba viendo el proceso pero tengo un pesimo nivel de ingles XD.Como se hace para "fusionar" las capas de escala de grises con los de colores planos?Te agradeceria mucho que me contestaras,gracias.^^